LAHORE - University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that there is no proper mechanism of semen prodcution in the country and around 3.5 million semen doses have no quality check and are being collected from inferior quality bulls.
Talking to APP, he said private sector was producing 3.5 million semen doses against the government’s 2.5 million. He said it was alarming that quality of bulls being used for semen collection was inferior as the private sector was just doing business without covering the aspect of animal genetics.
Prof Pasha said if we provid quality semen to small farmers on their doorsteps, it would bring a revolutionary change in this fast growing livestock sector.
He said Pakistan had the best buffalo breeds in the world and 67 per cent milk was being produced from these elite dairy animals. But, he said, there was lack of awareness about selection of best bulls for breed improvement and absence of progeny testing which was causing low productivity of dairy animals.
The vice chancellor also highligted the major constraints in the livestock sector, including lack of genetic improvement, poor nutrition, health constraints, unorganized marketing and lack of human resource at various levels.
Steps to overcome these constraints are vital to upgrade the livstock sector in the country, he added.