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300 LIVESTOCK FARMS IN MERGED AREAS, 107 IN SETTLED DISTRICTS TO BOLSTER MILK, MEAT PRODUCTION-KP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has started work on a mega project to make KP self-sufficient in milk and meat production. Livestock Department official told that 13.6 million litres milk and Rs1,360 million profit were likely to be achieved from these farms under the project to be completed with an estimated cost of Rs4 billion. Cows of quality breeds would be imported for these farms and each registered farmer would be provided five cows. It would be mandatory for each farmer to run the farm for at least five years, he added. KP government has also launched Rs one billion project in settled districts of KP to bolster livestock and dairy farming keeping in view of its significant role in poverty alleviation and generation of employment opportunities especially in rural areas. Under Community and Dairy Development Project, the KP government would establish 107 livestock and dairy farms in settled districts where livestock growers would be provided cows of quality breeds on 50:50 cost sharing basis. The three gigantic projects including ‘Poverty Alleviation Through Development of Rural Poultry’ amounting Rs834 million, Save the Calf worth Rs1,554 million and Feedlot Fattening Programme of Rs826 million launched in 2018-19 have started providing much-needed relief to price-hike stricken people, women, persons with disabilities and under-privileged segments of society. These projects are smoothly underway in Punjab, KP, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Islamabad where beneficiaries have started receiving substantial income from it. The government in order to fulfill meat demand of over 210 million population of Pakistan, has launched “Save the Calf” project across the country including KP. In KP, as many as 1,20,000 male buffalo calves would be fattened by 2022 where Rs 6,500 per calf are being provided to farmers and livestock growers after six month rearing besides 10 KG free milk replacers and life saving vaccines.