The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has launched a comprehensive survey for documentation of all livestock, cattle and poultry birds for robust implementation of future strategies, programs and projects under the new Livestock Policy 2018-28.
The officials of Livestock Department told APP on Sunday that door-to-door survey for documentation of all livestock including buffaloes, cows, oxens, goats, sheep, hens, camels and others cattle has been started in the province and its data was being collected from farmers, livestock growers, public under a prescribed forms for speedy implementation of future strategies and developmental goals under the 10-year policy.
In Nowshera district, the door-to-door survey was also being held at villages Dheri Mian Ishaq, Mohib Banda and Amankot where officials collected data that would be submitted to the concerned authorities for speedy implementation under new livestock policy.
The policy is prepared for 10 years with an inclusive business implementation plan under which rearrangement of physical infrastructure and developing of human resources at all levels is being made besides involving private sector in service delivery in a bid to increase milk and meat production.
The survey would help policy makers to prepare mega projects based on production of quality breeds of cattle, controlling of diseases and making necessary legislation for implementation of the policy’s different components.
A conservation program has been launched to save a rare breed of Azakheli buffaloes from extinction in Swat district.
Named after a local tribe ‘Azizkhel’, these buffaloes, which are mainly found in Khwazakhela and Madyan areas of Swat district, had witnessed significant decrease due to devastating floods in 2010 and militancy in 2008-09 in Swat.
The department has accelerated work on conservation and protection of an endangered sheep of Damani, DI Khan and Waziri in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The conservation programs would help increase population of endangered buffaloes and these sheep keeping in view of their high milk’s generation potential and meat besides wollen production.
The official said about 80pc population of rural areas had a direct bearing on livestock besides its makes 16% to KP GDP and 78% share in agriculture value-added products.—APP