PESHAWAR    -    Director General (DG), Livestock and Poultry Department, Dr Alamzeib Khan here on Wednesday said that recent floods have made havoc to the livestock and poultry sectors in Khy­ber Pakthunkhwa where over Rs2 bil­lion losses were estimated so far to these sectors. 

“The damages to livestock and poul­try sectors caused by the recent floods and torrential rains were beyond our imagination. We have started a com­prehensive survey to assess financial losses caused by floods to this sector and as per initial reports losses of over Rs2 billion were so far incurred to it,” Dr Alamzaib Khan told media.

He said the scale of losses to these sectors would be higher than esti­mations as many valleys in Kalam, Bahrain, Madyan, Kohistan, Kumrat, Dir Upper, and Dir Lower were still out of reach of officials of his depart­ment due to destruction of roads and bridges by the devastating floods.

Dr Alamzaib said floods in River Sindh and Koh-e-Suleman starting from South and North Waziristan tribal districts and adjoining valleys have brought havoc to livestock and poultry sectors and time would be re­quired for compilation of flood losses.

He said both the commercial and domestic poultry in Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa were badly affected by the torrential rains and floods and many poultry farms in flood hit districts were washed by the natural calamity.

“The pastoral and nomads have bore the brunt of livestock and poul­try in upper areas of Dasu, Kolas Palai, Dubair and other valleys in Kohistan districts and compilation of damages was a big challenge due to destruction of roads networks by the floods.”

He said data of livestock damages were being shared with the Secretary Agriculture and Livestock as well as Provincial Disasters Management Authority (PDMA) on a regular ba­sis and onward to National Disasters Management Authority (NDMA).

The DG said the department would promptly act on the government’s compensation policy regarding flood damages to livestock and poultry farmers and would provide compen­sation to all affected farmers subject to approval of the government. Dr Alamzeb said prices of meat and milk were being closely monitored in the open market in the wake of devastat­ing floods and strict action would be taken against shopkeepers involved in artificial price hikes and hoarding