Livestock plays an important role in the economy of the country and is at the heart of the rural socioeconomic system. It is a net source of foreign exchange earnings contributing significantly in this vital area. Most importantly, more than 8 million rural small and landless farmers raise livestock, making it an ideal sector for attacking rural poverty in the country. Furthermore, as livestock makes up almost 50 % of the agriculture value added, the future high growth in agriculture is expected to be led by the livestock sector...
The demand for livestock and livestock products is continuing to increase due to t he population growth, urbanization and increase in per capita income. The production by the livestock sector needs to increase rapidly and the share of it which moves through the modern processing facilities and the commercial marketing channels must increase substantially. Moving away from the subsistence mode of production to the more modern methods and marketing requires a commercial approach to the livestock sector and will require financial and technical investments.
Overarching goal of agriculture policy of the current government is to make Pakistan 's agriculture productive, profitable and competitive. We have to be compliant with international trade requirements, have to manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner and should aim for holistic development covering entire value chain. Government's primary role is to provide enabling environment in which the private sector can achieve its full potential.
Establishment of Livestock and Dairy Development Board (LDDB) as a Company under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance has been undertaken to fast track the development in this vital sector. I hope LDDB will play an active role in the implementation of Livestock Development Policy recently approved by the government. Let us work together with provincial and district governments and private sector for the development of livestock for economic growth and poverty alleviation and usher in white revolution and quantum leap in milk and meat production in the country.
Mr.Taimur Azmat Osman
Ministry of National Food Security & Research
Government of Pakistan