Recent Trends In Livestock Innovative Technologies

Application of Biotechnologies in National Livestock Development Programs

Author(s): Hafiz Ishfaq Ahmad*, Muhammad Hamza Zaman and Aftab Shaukat

Pp: 55-66 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165074123070007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Globally, livestock production is growing faster than any other sector and by 2025, livestock is predicted to become the most important part of the agricultural sector in terms of its added value to the national economy. The use of biotechnology will lead to a distinct shift in economic returns from livestock. 43% gross value of agricultural production is currently held by livestock. If we speak about the role of livestock in developed countries, then it holds more than 50% of total agricultural production. At the same time, in the case of developing countries, this share reduces to almost 30% due to a lack of biotechnology or not using enough modern sources. In most developing countries, biotechnological applications relating to livestock need to be suitable for animal owners who are resource-poor small-scale operators who own little or no land and few animals. The rapid increase, in developing countries, of livestock population is due to a rise in population growth, and a desire to change their lifestyle. Urbanization is also a source of passive or active income for them. 

Keywords: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Livestock, Molecular markers, Transgenic.

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