Pakistan’s economy is heavily reliant upon agricultural production, which accounts for about 20% of the country’s GDP. Within agriculture, the livestock sector has the largest share, contributing about 58.6% to the agriculture value added and about 11.4% to the national GDP ) Economic Survey 2016-17). Moreover, the livestock’s value exceeds the combined value of all the major and minor crops. The share of livestock products in the generation of foreign exchange is about 13%. More significantly, livestock is an integral part (30-40%) of livelihood of about 30 to 35 million rural farmers. Presently, gross value addition of livestock stands at PKR 1333 billion, whereas livestock share in export is 5%. Pakistan ranks 4th in total livestock population of the world, 2nd in buffalo population, 4th in goat population, 5th in number of equids (horses, donkeys and mules), and 8th in poultry production. Healthy growth in livestock sector has a direct impact in mitigation of poverty and improvement in livelihoods of rural population. It provides employment to majority of labor force too, thus it is an important means of livelihood and nutrition security in the country.
Prof. Dr. Nasim Ahmad, SI
Historically livestock has been the subsistence sector dominated by the small holder to meet their needs of milk, food security and daily cash income. During the last decade there has been massive investment in poultry, fisheries, dairy and meat sectors to fulfill the demand for food of high biological value in the country and export in the regional markets.
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