The federal government is going to introduce a fundamental change in the dairy sector through massive artificial insemination with imported semen, essentially eliminating local hardy cow breeds that have potential of producing up to 40 liters of milk daily.
According to an official, milk in the country has been expensive and it is largely not available in pure form mainly due to low production.
The Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to launch a project to increase milk production, under which Rs40 billion worth of imported semen will be available in three years, which will help ‘improve’ the characteristics of local cow breeds and increase per animal milk production to 5,000 liters from present 1,100 liters.
The livestock sector contributes a major share in the agriculture economy of Pakistan. The country produces 59 billion liters of milk annually from a herd of 49 million cows.