Pakistan records rise in donkey population in 2021-22
LAHORE — The number of donkeys country has increased by 100,000 during the year 2021-22, reveals the Economic Survey of Pakistan.
The total estimated population of donkeys has surged to 5.7 million in 2021-22 while it was stoond at 5.6 million in 2020-21, said the survey.
The survey, which sheds light on the performance of the government in previous fiscal year, shows livestock contributed approximately 14 percent to GDP (Rs5,441 billion) during the outgoing year.
“Animal husbandry is the most significant economic activity of the dwellers of rural areas of Pakistan,” said the official document.
“More than 8 million rural families are engaged in livestock production and are deriving around 35-40 percent of their income from this sector,” it added.
According to estimated population of livestock, the population of cattle witnessed an increase of 1.9 million to reach 53.4 million while the estimated population of buffaloes is 43.7 million in 2021-22.
Meanwhile the population of sheep and goats have increased to 31.1 million and 82.5 million, respectively, while the no surge was witnessed in population of camels, horses and goats.
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