KARACHI: Livestock and Fisheries Department Sindh has asked nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to extend their relief activities towards livestock too in drought-hit Tharparkar district as the government could not cope up the situation alone.
Talking to PPI on Wednesday, In Charge Emergency Cell Livestock and Fisheries Department Ghulam Mujtaba Wadher said that beside humans, cattle heads were also facing severe food shortage and different diseases in Tharparkar but there was no NGO activity to save the animals and government was totally alone in this regard.
“All NGOs are busy providing food and other relief goods to people, we appreciate it but saving the hungry cattle is also mandatory,” he added.
He said that government was providing fodder bags to owner of cattle heads and that practice would be continued. “We want NGOs to help the government in this regard,” he said.
To a question, he said that most of Tharparkar people’s livelihood depend on their cattle so saving their animals was important. “NGOs can not only play their role for saving the cattle but can also provide animals to those families who have lost their cattle due to food shortage,” he asserted.
To a question, he said that his department had established relief camps in different parts of Tharparkar to provide medical aid to livestock in the area. He said that government had sufficient medicines to treat the effected animals but have some shortage of vets and other staff so it would be good if NGOs provided support in this regard.
It is pertinent to mention here that thousands of cattle heads have died of food shortage in Tharparkar due to recent drought while millions other are facing malnutrition and suffering from different diseases.