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The Pakistan Tanners' Association (PTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in Lahore to control skin diseases among animals in Pakistan in order to improve raw material quality for the leather industry.
This is the second university/industry research project between the two organisations. The first project, 'Prevalence and identification of pathological conditions causing skin damages and consequently reducing its market value in ruminations of Punjab', was conducted in 2011.
Both the PTA and UVAS have agreed to move forward with a joint study to control these diseases that damage hides and skins to avoid economic loss. It is estaimated that around 18% of the total value of hides and skins in Pakistan is lost due to disease and insect damage. The MOU was signed by Dr Talal Naseer Pasha, Vice-Chancellor of the university, and Agha Saiddain, Chairman of the Hide and Skin Sub-Committee of the PTA in presence of the Governor of the Punjab Mr Muhammad Server and the Chairman of the PTA Mr Muhammad Musaddiq.