The Pakistan Economic Survey (PES) 2022-23, released recently, reveals a slight increase in the donkey population from 5.7 million to 5.8 million during the previous fiscal year. This consistent growth in the donkey population has been observed over the past few years, with 5.5 million in 2019-20 and 5.6 million in 2020-21.

Pakistan holds the third position globally in terms of donkey populations, with Ethiopia ranking second and China leading with the largest number of donkeys. In light of this substantial donkey population, there were reports last year suggesting Pakistan’s plans to export donkeys and dogs to China.

However, officials have clarified that no decision has been made regarding the export of donkeys or dogs to any country for any purpose. They cautioned against spreading false news on this matter. China’s demand for donkeys exceeds its local supply, prompting it to import at least two million donkeys domestically and the remaining three million from other countries.

The increase in Pakistan’s donkey population showcases the significance of this animal in the country’s agricultural and transportation sectors. As the population continues to grow, it highlights the need for sustainable management and preservation of this valuable resource.

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