In Pakistan, there was a time when donkeys were becoming extent. It was not because they were dying of disease or migrating to another region but for some reasons that we all know. Especially in some parts of the country, the population of donkeys decreased considerably. Survival was becoming more and more difficult for the poor souls. However, times are changing for both humans and donkeys. With changes in humans’ eating habits, the survival of donkeys has also become possible. We don’t know how both are connected but yeah there exists some link. The current statistics show an increase in the donkey population in Pakistan.
It has been reported that overall, the livestock in Pakistan has witnessed an increase. The overall cattle population has soared to 53.4 million.
There has been no increase in the population of these animals since 2017-2018. From 2021 to 2022, livestock added almost 14.0% to the GDP. The gross value has increased from Rs. Rs 5,269 billion to Rs 5,441 billion.
Nevertheless, the highlights of this article are the population increase of the donkeys. According to the Economic Survey (PES) 2021-22, the donkey population previously was 5.5 million (2019-2020) and 5.6 million (2020-21). Currently, the population has increased to 5.7 million (2021-2022).
As livestock is important for the agriculture of the country, the government is concentrating more focus on this sector. It will boost economic growth and alleviate food security in the country. The report said: “private sector-led development with public sector providing enabling environment through policy interventions”.
The measures put in place are to improve the husbandry practices, artificial insemination services, veterinary health coverage, breeding practices, etc.
Despite the heatwaves and unexpected weather changes, the increase in livestock is a ray of hope for the overburdening and strained economy.
We hope that this stays the same, especially the population of donkeys. They have already suffered a lot; they shouldn’t be barbequed anymore oh by that we mean that they shouldn’t near extinction.