National Rangeland Policy
Rangelands play a significant role in the livelihoods improvement of vast number of rural poor and disadvantaged people through rearing of animals and obtaining a variety of products and services. In addition, rangelands also play key role in enhancing infiltration process, leading to sustainable water flow in the down streams, and reduced soil erosion. These are also contributing to the ecological stability to some of the important ecosystems of the country.
The livestock sector’s contribution in the GDP is more than 11 percent. The recent statistics show that the total number of livestock in the country is in the tune of 154 million benefiting around 35 million people earning around 40% of their income from rearing of livestock. From the rangelands more than 60% livestock feed requirement are met. In this case, the significance of the rangeland is high in various parameters encompassing ecological, social; and economical.
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