In the Punjab Province, livestock sector is the largest women engagement in any economic activity as a rural woman spends 59% of her daily life in livestock related activities.
Punjab is the largest province, population wise (both human and animal), of Pakistan. By 2011, Punjab had a GDP of $104 billion, which is growing steadily. It is featured well within the list of country subdivisions with a GDP over $100 billion. It is the biggest contributor to the national GDP with 59% share in 2014. It is especially prominent in the Services & Agriculture sectors of the economy with a thriving private sector.
As per 2006 Census, the Punjab dominates Pakistan’s livestock sector. Punjab Province has 49% of Pakistan’s cattle, 65% of the buffaloes, 24% of the sheep, and 37% of the goats. In value of product, it is producing 62% of milk, 43% of beef, 32% of mutton and 75 % of poultry of Pakistan. However, livestock productivity and standards of preventive health are far below world benchmarks. The reasons are inextricably not linked with the genetic potential of the breeds but with wider market distortions.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board (PLDDB) Saira Iftikhar has said that PLDDB has become the trend setter organization for livestock farmers and fodder producers in the province. She was addressing a media briefing at local hotel of Lahore regarding the last year progress and initiatives of PLDDB for current year. Sara Iftikhar said that PLDDB is not profit making business but now we have established self-sustain model to operate the running projects. She said that PLDDB produce a new product and educate the farmers then they adopt the technique and run their own production unit. CEO said that during last year PLDDB launched 60kg silage bale project for 90% small famers and the methodology to reach silage across Punjab through distribution network, PLDDB Silage has also reached to Karachi and Peshawar. PLDDB during 2016 also in its milk production from 5 litter per animal to 8.4 liters per animal at its Livestock experiment station, Khizerabad. Also started Fodder Research & Development Cell to add