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Livestock sector development for poverty reduction in rural areas

Livestock production is one of the important enterprise in which small scale rural producers can successfully engage to improve their livelihood and obtain a relatively constant stream of income. The majority of poor households, especially landless or small landowners, depend on livestock for income. In low-income agrarian economies, livestock form an integral part of predominantly smallholder diversified crop-livestock farming systems. Superseded only by larger-scale staple crops, the livestock sector is the second most important contributor to the agricultural economy. Despite its smaller output compared with that of staple crops, productivity and income growth in the livestock sector have strong income multiplier and poverty reduction impacts. Saeed Anwar, Nazim of Abbottabad, said that by improving livestock sector we can greatly reduce poverty. He said District Government Livestock and Diary Development should be given full consideration to improve this sector. On this occasion, District Director Livestock and Diary Development, Abdul Waheed and members of Tehsil Council, Sardar Fiaz, Sajawal Khan, Incharge Doctor Abrar-ul-Hasan and other members were also present. They said for livestock development different Schemes will be ready and milk laboratories will be established. In this way poverty can be eliminate from rural areas and economic condition of rural people can be uplifted.

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