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The State of Pakistan’s Dairy Sector: An Assessment


  • Abid A. Burki

    (Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore.)

  • Mushtaq A. Khan

    (Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore.)

  • Faisal Bari

    (Mahbub-ul-Haq Human Development Centre, Islamabad.)


While there is a plethora of research documenting a multitude of dimensions of the crop sector of Pakistan, the virtual absence of meaningful economic analysis of the dairy economy is surprising. No serious attempt has been made in the past to clarify the microlevel potential of this sector to impact rural economy. This paper is a pioneering attempt to provide an objective assessment of the state of Pakistan’s dairy and to point out areas of further research. The paper analyses some core issues, highlights the potential of this sector, and recommends the measures to be adopted towards such a goal.

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  • Abid A. Burki & Mushtaq A. Khan & Faisal Bari, 2004. "The State of Pakistan’s Dairy Sector: An Assessment," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 43(2), pages 149-174.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:43:y:2004:i:2:p:149-174

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    1. Garcia, Otto & Mahmood, Kalid & Hemme, Torsten, 2003. "A Review of Milk Production in Pakistan with Particular Emphasis on Small-scale Producers," PPLPI Working Papers 23782, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative.
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    Dairy Industry; Pakistan;

    JEL classification:

    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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