The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) is progressing to register local elite animal breeds of cows and buffaloes aimed toward their preservation, reproduction, and promotion.
“According to the plan, we are going to register a minimum of 100 farmers having such animals and will make an agreement with them to get semen from their male animals to be utilized for copy to extend population of elite milk producing animals in the country,” Dr Muhammad Azeem said.
Talking to APP, he said the local pure elite breeds of cows and buffaloes like Nili-Ravi, Sahiwal, and Red Sindhi were fast depleting in the country, stressing the urgent ought to preserve and promote them.
Talking to this agency, he said the local pure elite breeds of cows and buffaloes like Nili-Ravi, Sahiwal, and Red Sindhi were fast depleting in the country, stressing the urgent have to be compelled to preserve and promote them.
He said, preserving and promoting such breeds would help boosting the dairy sector on sustainable basis as these elite animals were capable of yielding 20 to 30 liters of milk per day.
Replying to a question regarding import of high yielding cows, Dr Azeem said that settlement of imported animals in the country was not sustainable as there was a difference of weather and climate and in order to preserve them, high input cost was needed like air conditioning and heavy feeding.
“Import of breeds is not the solution to extend milk production, the only solution that we protect and promote our own local breeds which will produce up to 32 liters of milk per day.” just in case of imported farmers, he pointed out that implementation of embryo technology can be helpful to make sure fertility in cattle because it was cheap and sturdy .
He informed that “if we would like to import semen of high producing animals, then mixing of that semen with the local breeds are going to be helpful in increasing production.