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 49,100 dairy farmers and 500 farm managers/commercial farmers in best dairy farm practices. As of April 2016, the project has trained over 43,661 dairy farmers—67 per cent of whom have adopted at least three best farming practices leading to 17 per cent increase in the average milk yield. Over 500 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.

Furthermore,Dairy Project’s silage demonstration shows encourage the dairy farmer community to adopt the best practice of making/feeding silage to their dairy animals for higher milk output. The purpose of the silage demonstration shows is to fill the gap created during fodder shortage periods with farm-grown maize. Corn silage has become a staple fodder input for high yielding dairy animals, and the Dairy Project has identified that farmers are very keen on learning the techniques of silage-making.

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. Moreover, these demonstration shows enabled the Dairy Project to motivate the attendees to adopt silage-making as a modern dairy farming technique, thereby stimulating their dairy farm businesses and increasing milk yield.

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 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&r... 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. T... 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... Read More


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