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Prospects of Livestock Production in Balochistan
A. Raziq*, M. Younas1 and Z. Rehman
 Livestock and Dairy Development Department, Quetta, Balochistan; 1 Faculty of Animal Husbandry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan *Corresponding author:


Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan and makes about 44% of the total geographical area of the country. Most of the area is rangelands with only 5% arable. Animal agriculture is centuries old occupation of the people of Balochistan. Livestock are one of the major important sectors of the province having about 20% of the national stock. However, with little manufacturing facilities and under-developed infrastructure, the provincial economy lags far behind other parts of the country. This is the cradle of many precious livestock breeds and livestock make an important part of the socio-cultural and socioeconomic verve of its inhabitants. The biodiversity of animal genetic resources plays very pivotal role in the economy of the province and each breed has its own uniqueness and socioeconomic importance. The exact value of such precious animal genetic resource has never been realized as yet and no serious steps have been taken for its improvement. It is the utmost need of the time to rethink on the policies relating to livestock production in the province while keeping the needs of the growing population, socio-cultural change and the global warming issues in mind.

Key words: Livestock species, Balochistan, Animal genetic resources, Socioeconomic change, Global warming


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