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Mongolia will implement a national program to promote the development of intensive livestock farming in 2019-2023, the country's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry said Wednesday.
The national program aims to bolster its mining-dependent economy by boosting the export of livestock products, the ministry said in statement.
Under the program, the country has set a goal to reduce the import of liquid milk to zero and to increase the production of processed meat and dairy products by 30 percent.
The landlocked country's economy is heavily dependent on mining and commodity exports. Currently, mineral products account for over 90 percent of its total exports.
The development of intensive animal farming is seen as a possible solution to diversify the economy.
Mongolia is one of the last nomadic countries in the world. As at 2017, its livestock population stood at 66.2 million.
However, the country also imports no small amount of livestock products, according to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.