TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR DAIRY FARMERS
A key component of the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project is to provide training and support to dairy farmers. 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, especially in Punjab province of Pakistan through trainings and skill development programs. These trainings aim to build the capacities of dairy farmers in best farming practices and introduce innovations resulting in an increase in milk yield and household incomes. Further, the Dairy Project is providing trainings targeted towards Farm Managers with the aim of establishing them as fully-trained, skilled farm managers who will be able to manage large commercial dairy farms.
The Dairy Project aims to train 42,900 dairy farmers and 500 farm managers/commercial farmers in best dairy farm practices. As of June 2015, the project has trained over 15,000 dairy farmers—78 per cent of whom have adopted at least three best farming practices leading to 17 per cent increase in the average milk yield. 444 Farm managers have also been trained with the aim of establishing them as fully-trained, skilled farm managers who will be able to manage large commercial farms. These farm managers earn up to PKR 25,000 to 40,000 ($250-400) per month.
“Artificial Insemination Techinician (AIT), Muhammad Shabir, is a 22 year old rural resident of 70 D.B, tehsil Yazman District Bahawalpur. Although Shabir had passed his matriculate e... Read More
“19 years old, Nadia is a resident of Basti Mulah Faqeer,Tehsil, district Multan. She had an opportunity to hear about the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project at a community meeting of her village. After... 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