Promotion of livestock sector on market oriented and demand driven basis both in public and private sector for socio economic uplift of the rural masses to achieve the ultimate goal of poverty alleviation
Increase in productivity of livestock through advisory services, disease control, breed improvement, farmer education
Livestock plays a decisive role in the lives of people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Over 80% human population lives in the rural areas where they depend on livestock and livestock products (LLPs). In AJK, livestock products contribute 54% of the total value of agriculture produce and 11.38% to GDP. Poultry contributes 19% of the total meat produced that has been shown a growth of 8-10% annually. It is estimated that 60% of farm income is derived from livestock, 30% from crop husbandry and horticulture, and only 10% from forestry. This underlines the importance of livestock sub-sector as one of the major contributor, to household economy of the rural community.
The department of Animal Husbandry was reorganized in 1995. since then it is headed by Director General under the Secretary Agriculture and Animal Husbandry assisted by the two directorates; i.e. Directorate of Animal Health & Veterinary Services and Directorate of Livestock Extension, Research & Development. The total number of professional staff in DoAH is 109 All these professionals hold degree in Veterinary or Animal Husbandry Sciences with 1/3rd holding M.ScHonours or post graduate training abroad in different disciplines. The basic para veterinary staff is the Stock Assistant with basic education of Matric with Science 2nd Division and one year diploma from College of Veterinary Sciences Lahore, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad or Extension Services Management Academy, Gahri Dupatta, Muzaffarabad.