Imran Khan government in Pakistan, it seems, is leaving no stone unturned to raise funds to save the broke country. From selling government cars to exporting hair, Pakistan government has tried everything to fill the financial gap left by gross corruption and US sanctions due to nation’s continuous support for terrorism.
The new avenue of revenue for the PTI government is – Donkey exports. Pakistan, which has the third largest donkey population in the world, will export the animal to China, opening the avenue to earn millions from the trade, according to a local media report.
A senior official at the livestock department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said Chinese companies are interested in donkey farming in Pakistan and foreign companies are ready to invest USD 3 billion, the Geo News reported.
In a bid to boost the country’s exports, the livestock department has announced that it will develop donkey farms — the first of its kind in the country. According to reports, at least two donkey farms are being set up in Dera Ismail Khan and Mansehra with the foreign partnership.
During the first three years, the government plans to export as many as 80,000 donkeys to China, according to the report.
Donkeys a priced possession for Pakistan, China
Donkeys are highly prized in China, especially for their hide which is used to manufacture traditional Chinese medicines. Gelatin made from donkey skin has been long considered to have medicinal properties in China, traditionally being thought to nourish the blood and enhance the immune system. Pakistan has the world’s third largest population of donkeys with more than 5 million animals, while China stands at number one.