USAID-DRDF Dairy Project Celebrates Five-year Achievements

USAID-DRDF Dairy Project successfully rolled-out its closeout event on January 24 at Royal Golf and Country Club Lahore. Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan John Groarke joined provincial Minister Livestock and Dairy Development Punjab, Asif Saeed Manais to celebrate Dairy Project’s achievements and successful completion, implemented by the Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF).

This five-year, $21 million project promoted sustainable dairy development in Punjab. Through a partnership with the Government of Punjab and Nestlé Pakistan, the project improved the lives of over 50,000 small dairy farmers through its skills-based training programs, resulting in a 17 percent increase in the average milk yield and an over 10 percent boost in farmers’ incomes. Every intervention of the project added value, generated further income for small farmers, and created jobs for rural men and women. The project also upgraded 118 farms now serving as training hubs for small dairy farmers, installed a pilot 50 cubic meter biogas plant for a dairy cooperative milk chiller in Vehari, and constructed a 375 cubic meter biogas plant at the government-owned Bahadurnagar Farm in Okara.

The event featured a theater performance and a talk-show for an audience; over 200 representatives from the Punjab Livestock Department, dairy industry, academia, NGOs, beneficiaries, and project staff were in attendance.

Success Stories

  • Muhammad Tariq, being the only bread winner of the house, was finding it difficult to make ends meet with his economic condition. However all th... Read More

  • Muhammad Azam Bashir lives in Basti Sheen Mar Moza Qadir wah Tehsil, District Vehari, with his wife and a son. He heard about USAID-DRDF Dairy Project’s trainings through Dairy Project’s T... Read More

  • 27 year old Hamid Nawaz Basra, is an ambitious and progressive farmer who lives at 66DB, Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur. He saw the advertisement in newspaper about technical ... Read More

  • Muhammad Ghufran’s previous job as a rickshaw driver meant he was always uncertain about the income he would make on a monthly basis, as it would depend on the number of passengers. There... Read More

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) through their Dairy Project are providing trainings to women from P... Read More

  • “My success is greatly indebted to USAID-DRDF Dairy Project team, which helped me explore new ways of better income and improved social status through its Woman Livestock Extension Workers tra... Read More

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