India’s Livestock Population
India has vast resources of livestock and poultry, which play a vital role in improving the socio-economic conditions of the rural masses. India ranks
- first in respect of buffalo,
- Second in cattle & goats,
- Third in sheep,
- Fourth in ducks,
- Fifth in chickens
- Sixth in Camel population in the world.
- India has 57% of the world’s buffalo population.
The following table shows India’s Livestock Population:
Source: Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, values in millions
- The above table makes it clear that India had 283.4 million total bovines in 2003 census out of which the largest share was of Cattle.
- Total Population of Goats is more than that of sheep.
- India’s Total Livestock was 489 million in 2003.