It is the fact that dairy and domestic animals contributes up to 11% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pakistan. According to an estimate there are about 7 million families dealing with farming and almost 67 million cattle and buffaloes are found within the country. Punjab is the hub of the dairy farmers as half of them lies within this province. Mostly the dairy farmer comprises two to three dairy animals and does not apply advanced dairy farming practices. Furthermore, only some farmers have access to veterinary and breed upgrading services, which can extend dairy animals’ milk yield. Due to the deficiency of livestock interrelated business only aggravates the condition. Therefore, milk yields are extremely near to the ground in Pakistan and livestock investment has not become a foundation of resources for most of the farmers in spite of its enormous prospective for being so.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) has jointly commenced the Dairy Project to encourage appropriate raise in dairy and livestock production through implementation of paramount farming practices, breed perfection, accessibility of well-timed expansion services, and encouragement of livestock businesses. As in Pakistan livestock has significant importance in the rural economy that’s why the Dairy Project’s general guidance programs for dairy farmers, women livestock extension workers, and artificial insemination technicians will play an imperative role in altering livelihoods of rural societies. In July 2011 the project took place and is still under process. About $4,000,000 has been funded till now for the establishment of the project.
The Dairy Project seeks to boost the incomes of small dairy in Punjab by offering training in best practices in dairy farming. Learners are introduced to techniques and resources that help improve milk yields and livestock management and also receive basic equipment. The project promotes linkages between small dairy farmers and suppliers, service providers (including financial service providers), and higher-end markets.
The chief aim of the Dairy Project is to raise the production and earnings of small dairy farmers in Punjab.
- They aim to educate almost 16,000 small dairy farmers, farm supervisors, artificial insemination technicians, and even female livestock extension workers on enhanced farming and breeding intercessions.
- To guide 5,000 women livestock extension workers and set up them as entrepreneurs
- Organize knowledge campaigns to get to 2 million farmers with information on dairy superlative practices.
- As a result near about 800 farmers got trained on best practices in dairy farming. Almost 400 women livestock extension workers are trained.
- About 170 artificial insemination technicians got trained, with 100% of apprentices self-employed after the guidance
- More over 24 trainers are trained and are working with farmers, women livestock extension workers, and artificial insemination technicians from approximately 100 villages