A couple of months ago, Harish Damodaran wrote an article in the Business Line presenting some interesting results from the livestock census. His main finding: farmers prefer to rear buffaloes over cows for production of milk in India. I couldn’t source the numbers cited in the graph but found something else: the last section of the report on ‘Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics’ uses FAOSTAT data for 2010 to rank the world’s top 10 countries in terms of livestock numbers.
India has the highest number of cattle (210.2 m), buffaloes (111.3 m) and goats (150.4 m) in the world. It ranks second in sheep (74 m), fifth in chickens (866 m) and sixth in ducks (26 m). We only just make it to the top 10 list when it comes to total number of camels, but sadly don’t have enough horses to get us there.
Source: FAOSTAT production data 2010, www.faostat.org cited in Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics 2012, p. 131
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