Department of Livestock and Dairy Development
The directorate is headed by a director, with his representative offices in each agency. Its major responsibilities include, prevention and cure of diseases, breed stock improvement through artificial insemination (cattle and buffaloes), introduction of rams (goat and sheep), undertaking developmental activities, improving production of milk, meat, egg and other livestock products, undertaking curative and preventive measures and synthetic breed improvement. As a public-private partnership initiative, the directorate facilitates open auction in designated places through local administration on annual basis.
Strengths and Opportunities in the Sector
- Livestock is one of the few economic areas, which has a potential to improve in relatively short time.
- Improvement of fodder and feed situation would also pave the way for commercialization of the sector and strengthening of the livestock products based industries.
- There is a high level of interest in the improvement of this sector among the tribes.
- There is potential for substantial improvement of fodder and feed.
- Livestock along with agriculture forms a major component of the subsistence economy of FATA.
- Rights and benefits of local tribes over livestock and grazing grounds can be considered a good base for resource sustainability.
- Veterinary institutions over a wide area can be of real value to the livestock with appropriate inputs.
High demand for livestock and poultry sector development exists as an incentive for conversion from subsistence towards sustainable commercial livestock and poultry farming.
- Strengthening of extension services to intensify and diversify livestock production systems, through adoption of appropriate technologies and alternative resource management practices.
- Easy access of local people to markets, social services and rural infrastructures.
- Build capacity and develop human resources for all stakeholders i.e. farmers, government, nongovernmental organizations, communities, producers, businessmen, financial institutions.
- Enable the decision makers and implementers to fulfill their task through reliable data, knowledge base (studies, research, indigenous knowledge management etc) and statistical data.
- Raise awareness both at policy and grass root levels about the importance of the sector for improved livelihood and to secure required funds for sector development.
- Provision of rural savings and credit services for on farm income generation activities and micro enterprises.
- Data base and Livestock Management Information systems (LMIS) and resource mapping.