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Jaspal, Appreciate your very thoughtful comments. I concur with most of what you suggest. And along those lines we might have to think what would incentivize herders to voluntarily reduce herd sizes over time. And there it may be worth looking at the entire value chain from from goat to coat. Although you are right in pointing out that Cashmere indeed is becoming a mainstay for herders livelihoods (Mongolia is the second largest producer of raw cashmere after China) there is not much value added that is captured in Mongolia o that the benefits do not get captured both upstream and downsteam. To put Monoglia's position relative to China in cashmere garment manufacturing sector into perspective, consider that while Mongolia is the second largest producer, Mongolia has less than 1% of the global market for cashmere garments in 2007 compared to China's 62% (source: Comtrade); China produces 5 times more raw cashmere than Mongolia but the value of its manufactured exports is 70 times that of Mongolia. Therefore along the lines of what you have suggested we may need to look also at how to increase the productivity of meat and cashmere products so that more value is captured within Mongolia and therefore there is more focus on producing quality v/s quantity and the incentives shift througout the value chain towards more quality, valued added, and sustainable practices?