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
Background

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.

Intervention

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 16,000 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 first three 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 15,000 dairy farmers and 444 farm managers leading to 17 per cent increase in average milk yield.
  • • Around 2,168 unemployed rural youth have been trained as certified Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) earning PKR 9,371 ($90 approx.) per month.
  • • Over 5,500 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 1,091($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 8 local dairy farms to models farms at 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

  • Unemployed in 1998, Ali Muhammad left his village and home in Shorkot, Punjab to relocate to Dubai to work as an electrician and earn a high income for his family. But Muhammad later realized ... Read More


  • Unfortunately, I was unemployed since several years, striving to make both ends meet for my family, until I met the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project team, which introduced me to Artificial Insemination technique... Read More


  • “Since long, I was on the lookout for a reliable source of income to support my family, with five younger sisters, one brother and parents. Life was not so pleasant, as we could barely make both ... Read More


  • It all began when the Dairy Project team arrived in Vehari, Punjab and introduced Maqsood Shahid to the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project‘s seven day training component for dairy farmer. He is marr... Read More


  • Dairy Project’s extensive training programs for dairy farmers are playing a vital role in transforming the livelihoods and encouraging socio-economic empowerment of rural farming communities, esp... Read More


  • Improved dairy farming practices not only benefit the traditional or commercial farmers in terms of economics but also owe to increased milk yield. With the objective of economic gr... Read More


  • “I was stunned at her armed resolve to combat the scourge of poverty. Since, I had already been working as a professional vaccinator, I found Azra bibi, a very responsible and dedicated Livestock Exte... 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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