Dairy farming in Pakistan is a major component of the Livestock Sector. Due to the absence of specialization, dairy milk farming has to be viewed in the overall perspective of the livestock sector. Cow/Buffalo milk production is the least commercialized enterprise in the agricultural economy of Pakistan but even then it is the single largest commodity from the agricultural sector with value of around 160 billion rupees per year.
Pakistan is the seventh largest producer of milk but even then we have to import powder milk to meet our domestic needs. Milk collection and distribution for the urban areas, although commercially organised, is almost entirely handled by the informal sector. Organised collection, processing and marketing of milk represent hardly two percent of the total demand of the urban milk market. The milk production and distribution system suffers from many anomalies, which have diverse negative impacts on the economy in general, continue the rural poverty, national health hazards and other environmental issues.
All the problems of the sector are translated into our low dairy productivity levels. In the year 1997, we produced only 21 billion liters of milk with 18 million animals while North America produced 86 million liters of milk with only 17 million animals. The productivity levels of Western Europe are even higher.
To meet the ever increasing need of dairy products in Pakistan, the business of dairy/cattle farming in growing every day. The approximate cost of starting a dairy farm with 50 animals (mix of cows & buffalo) is PKR 40 million & the investment required to setup a dairy farm with 100 animals is PKR 70 million.
To learn how to start dairy farming in Pakistan, SMEDA has conducted a dairy farming feasibility which can be download from below:
- How to start a 25 animals dairy farm
- How to make a 50 cows dairy farm
- How to make a 100 cows dairy farm
Above dairy farming business plan also contain the information of dairy farming machinery and equipment suppliers. As milk production is a rapidly growing and very lucrative business, different banks are providing financing/loans for it.
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