Harnessing potential of cattle farming in South Punjab – Latest News – The Nation

Multan – Cattle farming occupies a central point in the economy of any country, especially agriculture-based nations, to meet most of the needs for kitchen items and help farmers earn a living of their families.

Since most of the dairy products and meat products come from this sector, the respective governments are putting maximum emphasis on the progress of this sector to meet the daily growing demand for these products.

Many developed countries have introduced modern techniques to improve the production of dairy and meat products to meet national needs and export to other countries to earn foreign exchange.

As an agricultural country, Pakistan also has vast potential in this sector and if properly targeted can help farmers reap maximum benefits and earn foreign exchange for the country.

South Punjab may be an area of ​​particular interest, as 70% of the region’s rural population is directly linked to the livestock sector, with many having it as their sole source of income to meet their daily needs.

“This is an important sector that needs special attention to increase the production of milk and meat for domestic use and for export to other countries,” remarked Deputy Livestock Manager Dr Jamshaid. Aktar.

“Milk and meat production could be significantly improved by working on animal genetics,” Dr Jamshaid said. “Higher semen quality could play a vital role in improving animal health, milk and meat production.” He mentioned different programs of the Livestock Department including calf fattening, buffalo rescue, counseling service, provision of free animals, poultry units at subsidized prices. “Our rural areas have an ideal environment for cattle farming and the mechanized patronage of this sector and adding value to raw products can generate amazing results in terms of capital gain,” he said.

He also mentioned the role of women in livestock rearing and said that rural women play a vital role in this sector by lending a helping hand to male family members.

Its importance can be gauged by the fact that it represents more than 11.5% of our gross domestic product (GDP). Therefore, this sector also has immense potential to reduce poverty in rural areas and contribute much more to our GDP.

Statistics show that Pakistan is ranked the fifth milk producing country and millions of its citizens are associated with this sector.

“Livestock can also be much more beneficial in alleviating poverty in backward areas,” Dr. Jamshaid Akhtar said and mentioned a special initiative of the previous PML-N government in which buffaloes and cows were provided to widowed women. , especially in rural areas.

“The government at the time had a very original idea of ​​providing animals to widows whose children were going to school,” he said.

The Animal Husbandry Department had disbursed 1100 small and 820 large animals to the widows after thorough verification of the schools involved and a good number of these women are now running their kitchens successfully.

“I own a buffalo and a calf and it is a good source of regular income,” said Parveen Bibi, wife of the late Muhammad Bilal, a resident of Jalalpur Pirwala, Multan.

“I was provided with a large animal in 2017. During this period, I not only sold milk daily, but also earned Rs 91,000 from selling two buffaloes,” she said. “I am happy and I thank the government of the time for allowing me to earn a living and to overcome my financial problems.”

According to the livestock department, Multan district has 3,611,964 large animals (buffalo, cow), 2,292,687 small animals (goats, sheep) and 1,525,416 rural poultry. In addition to this, the farmers also raise 714 camels. Meanwhile, two other widowed women farmers, Aseya Bibi and Amna Bibi, also appreciated the PML-N government for donating livestock to them and helping support their families.

Another South Punjab cattle herder, Yaqub Khizar, said herding animals has resulted in a visible improvement in his income. “I was a daily bet in Multan and drove a rickshaw but couldn’t handle the routine expenses.”

“Fed up with this business, I sold the rickshaw and bought six animals. Just in a few years, I now own animals that cost over a million rupees. I have built my own house and live happily ever after. with my family.

Razziah Bibi, another farmer informed that she raises animals on the basis of sharing. “A few years ago, I was a poor maid engaged in domestic work. Then I opted for cattle breeding and today I own 15 animals worth hundreds of thousands of rupees and I can easily send my children to school.

There are a number of other success stories in which cattle farming not only solved the financial problems of the people, but also paved the way for a respectable life.

“Besides covering routine daily expenses, these animals also turn out to be checks whenever cash is needed,” said Yousuf Khan, another cattle herder.

“Animals are a good asset in an emergency. Whenever you need cash, you can sell it in no time. I managed the expenses related to the weddings of my two younger brothers by raising cattle,” he remarked.

Farmers believe that cattle farming has vast potential for growth and that, if given attention, can contribute enormously to the national economy as a whole and reduce poverty at the household level.

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