indigenous livestock breeds

Camel Fairs in Pakistan: A Case Study from Mangrota of Pakistan

Camel plays a very pivotal role in the life of the people of the northeastern Balochistan (Suleiman  mountainous region). The camel herders graze their camel herds all around the year on the woody vegetation of the mountains and in the month of October, they separate the camels ready for sale. The ready for sale animals are then moved …

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A nomad with Brahvi camel in Balochistan

The Livestock Diversity – A Bio-Cultural Treasure of the Rural Balochistan

These native livestock breeds not only provide a source of livelihood but also play a role as companions and family members. Livestock breeds are evolved with precious indigenous knowledge, therefore a threat to the breeds is a threat to the indigenous knowledge. The local animal genetic resources are part of the socio-cultural life of the keepers. Many traditions and customary laws articulate around the livestock breeds.

Beuragh Sheep Breed

Problems and Constraints of Indigenous Livestock Keepers of Balochistan

In my view, one of the main problems (the root cause) is the low/zero participation of the native livestock breeders in the fabrication of policies and implementation of development projects for livestock development. All the definitions and concepts regarding the management, breeding, feeding and sustainable development of livestock are derived from the western school of thought. The western school of thought for livestock is mainly based on high input and intensive farming with specialized breeds and feeding systems. Such concepts are very hard to fit in the extensive, low input and multipurpose system. Taking on board the livestock keepers for livestock development can bring a cool breeze in this sector, though the process will take a bit longer time.

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