A Consistent Estimate of the Value of Animal Products in West Pakistan

Carl H. Gotsch, C. Peter Timmer


According to the 1962/63 Revised National Accounts, livestock
contributes 16.1 per cent of West Pakistan's gross domestic provincial
product at constant (1959/60) factor cost. Given the size of the
sector—it is larger than large and small-scale manufacturing
combined—one would hope that estimates of gross production value,
value-added, etc., were based on fairly detailed and accurate studies.
Unfortunately, such studies have never been done for West Pakistan, and
only the crudest of indirect methods have been used to derive the
figures used in official statistics. For example, milk production, which
makes up roughly three-quarters of total livestock production (excluding
power) is estimated by applying a poorly documented yield figure to an
animal population that has never been accurately enumerated. Much the
same procedure has been used for other products such as meat, eggs,
hides and skins, etc.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v7i4pp.485-503


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