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Donkeys as an Alternate Domestic Pack-animal in the Arid Zone of Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan

Donkeys as an Alternate Domestic Pack-animal in the Arid Zone of Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan

Muhammad Shuaib Khan1, Shakeeb Ullah1, Nisha. A.R2, Muhammad Umar3, Muhammad Inamullah Malik1*, Syed Muhammad Kamal Shah1, A. Zaman1, Shakir Ullah1, Imdad Ullah1, Sumera Ali Khan4

1Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Gomal University, D.I.Khan, Pakistan
2Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary and Animal sciences, Pookode, Wayanad, Kerala, India 673576
3Faculty of Veterinary and Animal sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS), Pakistan
4Departments of Livestock and Dairy Development KP, Pakistan

Corresponding author: Muhammad Inamullah Malik
malikinamgu@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Domestic farming has a great contribution in rural agriculture, livestock and dairy sectors of Pakistan. Their help ranges from the crop and livestock production to cottage industry. The women in rural societies of Pakistan deliver many farm duties especially in the Punjab province, anterior Sindh, KP, Gilgat-Baltistan and Baluchistan. In the hilly areas men and women of the rural community use the donkeys for daily practice work like fetching water, collection of firewood for domestic use and sale in the nearby local market to cope their daily needs. The present study was carried out in three different rural towns of Dera Ismail khan district of KP in the year 2016, where the house hold community members male and female keeping animals to cope their livelihood needs. By restoring proportionate sampling each group was comprised of 30 males 30 females. Animal’s owners were selected for the purpose of this study as the representative samples of the area by personal interviewing of respondents and observations regarding different pack animals i.e. camel, bull, horses/ mules and donkey. Score from female respondents by different pack animals i.e. camel, bull, horses/ mules and donkey receive were 33.67±2.55, 29±1.00, 29.52±2.52 and 58.67±2.082 respectively (% means ± Standard deviation), while from male respondents with the % means ± Standard deviation of 34.67±6.43, 35.00±1.00, 36.00±2.65, 44.33±4.041 respectively. 
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 52, Iss. 4, Pages 1225-1630

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