The second edition of the Sindh Livestock Expo is set to begin on 13th March 2021, and will go on until 15th March 2021. While it is absolutely crucial for the agricultural community, it is important for all of us. Here’s five reasons why:
1. Livestock contributes to 11% of our total GDP. It is also noteworthy that it is 60% of our agricultural GDP. We often assume that crops are the primary contributor but in fact, it is livestock. Strengthing the sector will boost the economy manifold.
2. 8 million rural families are engaged in livestock production in Pakistan. Upto 40% of their income comes from rearing animals. The sector can uplift Pakistan’s poorest and empower them economically. This will set in motion, not only poverty alleviation, but also greater demand for goods and services.
3. The livestock and fisheries sector holds great potential for boosting our export numbers. Far Eastern countries already import a large amount of seafood from Pakistan. Yet, there remains much more room for other halal meats to be exported all over the world.
4. As a developing nation, we must ensure our food security. Even though we are an agricultural country, 20% of our country remains under-nourished. Which means that’s nearly 40 million people do not receive the nutrients they require. Growth in the livestock sector will mean greater food security for our own people.
5. The Sindh Livestock Expo will directly benefit farmers, livestock breeders and rearers. The expo will provide networking opportunities for the community, as well as a direct market place for buyers and sellers to connect.
Needless to say, the Sindh Livestock Expo is a one of it’s kind event. Kudos to the Department of Livestock and Fisheries for putting it together.