Welcome to Dairy Project

Implementing Organization Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF)
Donor Agency United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Geographic Focus Nationwide, with main focus on South Punjab
Time Frame July 2011 – October 2016
Beneficiaries Rural population connected to livestock sector

Although Pakistan is the third largest milk-producing country in the world, dairy farming practices are old and in need of an overhaul. The dairy sector operates mostly in the informal economy and nearly 97 per cent of the milk comes from smallholder dairy producers, with only two to three animals. The average milk yield per animal in Pakistan is very low. However, the overall contribution of the livestock sector to the national GDP is approximately 11 percent, making it the most significant agriculture subsector for the national economy, with great potential for growth and poverty alleviation.


USAID-DRDF Dairy Project is designed to foster sustainable increase in best dairy practices, breed improvement; availability of timely extension services and promotion of the livestock business in rural communities in the project’s targeted areas (mainly South Punjab). This has brought noticeable socio-economic change in the lives of project-trained men and women, directly impacting over 50,000 rural households, yielding increased animal productivity, higher incomes and better livelihood.

Project Components

The Dairy Project’s five main components are:

  • • Farm Upgradation and Bio-gas Units;
  • • Training and Support for Dairy Farmer;
  • • Training and Support for Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs);
  • • Training and Support for Women Livestock Extension Workers (WLEWs) ;
  • • Mass Awareness Campaign.

Achievements to Date

After successful implementation of its four year-operations, the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project is pleased to report achievement of targets for each of its components:

  • The project has trained over 39,000 dairy farmers and 500 farm managers leading to 17 per cent increase in average milk yield.
  • Around 2, 200 unemployed rural youth have been trained as certified Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) earning PKR 10,500($100 approx.) per month.
  • Over 6,400 rural women have been trained in basic animal husbandry and livestock management services to dairy farmers in more than 4,000 villages serve as rural entrepreneurs, earning an average of PKR 1,155($11) a month.
  • Dairy Project's mass communication campaigns has successfully raised awareness about best dairy farming practices amongtwo million dairy households spread over approximately 20,000 villages across Pakistan.
  • The project has upgraded 76 local dairy farms to model farms at the village level. These farms serve as a model for neighboring dairy farmers.
  • A pilot 50 cubic meter Bio-gas unit was installed for a dairy cooperative milk chiller in the district of Vehari. The Dairy Project aims to shift 10 irrigation tube-wells running on fuel/electricity to manure bio-gas units.
  • In last 4 years, 512 silage shows have been conducted in districts of South Punjab, with more than 42,090 farmers in attendance. Through these silage shows, over 1,227 acres of land was converted into silage and 516 silage pits were constructed.
  • In addition to the silage campaign, the Dairy Project has also conducted 2,920 Farmer Help camps, where approximately 100,000 animals received treatment for various ailments.

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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