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Shortage of meat, milk and dairy products expected across Sindh

The government’s slow response regarding rescue, relief and treatment to the 4.7 million livestock in lower Sindh affected by this year’s monsoon could cause severe shortage of meat, milk and dairy products throughout the province, including Karachi.
According to official data, the recent floods that killed 300 people, affected 6 million more, destroyed 539,899 houses and partially damaged 848,412 others, also killed over 80,000 livestock and adversely affected 4.7 million of them. In the absence of fodder and grass, a large number of animals were shifted to the sand dunes of Thar Desert, which is now completely disconnected with other parts of the province as road infrastructure was completely washed away.
Besides, the remaining livestock in the monsoon-hit areas is suffering from diseases due to consuming contaminated water. Moreover, standing water and severe mosquito attacks have also adversely affected the livestock. All of these could cause a severe shortage of milk, meat and dairy products throughout the province, including Karachi. The government’s response for livestock could be gauged from the fact that the Livestock Department has established only 269 camps for some 7 million livestock in the province.
A report issued by Livestock Director General (DG) Sarwar Sheikh said the department has established 269 relief camps for livestock in 23 districts; however, the flood-hit districts are only 16.
The department has even established relief camps for livestock in Matiari and six more in Kamber-Shahdadkot, which are supposed to be less affected districts of the province.
According to the report, over 2.6 million livestock were adversely affected across the province, and the livestock department has treated each and every livestock that was affected during the floods.
Unfortunately, the department has started vaccination when the affected animals need basic medical treatment.
The report said 1.19 million animals of the total vaccinated were large ruminants and 1.16 million small ruminants, whereas 112,371 were provided treatment.
The report also said the livestock department has administered drenched anti-parasitic injection to 131,493 animals.
The report further said 181 veterinary teams along with 535 para-veterinarians, medicines, vaccination and drenched anti-parasitic injections are working in the affected areas.
As per the report, out of 269 relief camps, 11 have been established in Tando Muhammad Khan, 18 in Badin, nine in Tando Allahyar, 11 in Mirpurkhas, three in Tharparkar, seven in Umerkot, six in Thatta, eight in Dadu, 46 in Shaheed Benazirabad, 17 in Shikarpur, 38 in Khairpur, 13 in Larkana, 12 in Naushahro Feroze, nine in Sanghar, five each in Jamshoro, Ghotki and Karachi, four in Sukkur, seven in Kashmore, 14 in Jacobabad, six in Hyderabad, nine in Matiari, and six in Kamber-Shahdadkot districts.

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