Range Management

Pothwar Scrub
Thal Desert
D. G. Khan Rangelands
Cholistan Desert
Rangelands are those areas of the world, which by reason of physical limitation-low and erratic precipitation, rough topography, poor drainage, or cold temperatures are unsuited to cultivation and which are a source of forage for free-ranging native and domestic animals, as well as a source of wood products, water, and wildlife. The province of Punjab is situated in the sub-tropics, with varying climate ranging from arid to semi arid.  The major part of the province is situated in the rainfall zone 5” to 15”. Water being the limiting factor, intensive agriculture (both irrigated and barani) is practiced on about 54% of the total area only. The rest of the area of about 43% (excluding 2.6% under wooded forests) with poor rains and soil topography are favourable for used as rangeland. Thus range use is the single biggest land use in the province. These grazing lands wholly or partially support most of the livestock population of the province which produce beaf, mutton, hides, skins, wool, hair, bones, manure and other products both for consumption within the country and for export earning. The scientific management and development of this huge land resource has remained neglected in the past. In the revenue records these lands are classified as “Wastelands”.