Pakistan to celebrate 2021 as ‘year of the cow’

It is expected of Pakistan to take steps to curtail cow slaughter, and not merely pay lip service.

Islamabad (Pakistan) –  Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to celebrate the year 2021 as ‘year of the cow’ to tackle the country’s financial crisis.  The Pakistan government feels that if cows are taken care off, then it would possible to export milk and milk products to the international market.

  1. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that, “If India can produce energy from cow dung, then we can also do the same.” PM Khan tried to get help from China for this but realised that no research was being done on cow dung in China. He feels that cows in China and Holland yield three to four times more milk than the Pakistani cows, and Pakistan will receive technical assistance from them for the same.  Loans dairy training and purchase of cows have been planned. The Bos indicus (an indigenous Indian breed of humped cattle), which can produce four times more milk, will be promoted.
  2. Pakistan Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said that buses in Karachi have been powered by gas generated from cow dung. Lack ofresources and planning have curbed nationwide implementation of this program. The idea behind this is tis to reduce the environmental crisis.
  3. It should be noted that from India’s point of view, most of the important Indian-origin cattle, are in Pakistan. Sahiwal, Kankrej, Gir, Tharparkar, Haryanvi etc. breeds of cows are in the Indus Valley but the ‘Bhagnur’, which is considered as the topmost cow is in Baluchistan.

It’s unlikely that cow slaughter will decline in Pak.

Cattle are increasingly gaining importance in India and China due to the flourishing research in India. A few months ago, Sri Lanka implemented a law banning cow slaughter. Such movements are gaining momentum in South East Asia. In Gansu, a poor province of China, 5 crore cows were issued to farmers. Experts opine that though the issue of cow is currently gaining momentum in Pakistan, it is too early to conclude that cow slaughter will see a decline there.