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, impacting at least 30,000 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 as:

  • The project has trained over 28,000 dairy farmers and 470 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 5,900 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 among two million dairy households spread over approximately 20,000 villages across Pakistan.
  • The project has upgraded 38 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.

Success Stories

  • Saeed Ahmad, an upgraded farm owner, used to work at a cash crop dealing shop and partly worked at a traditional farm.

    There was minimal income from par- time work and from the rem... 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... Read More

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