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.
Both the two-day and four-day training modules require reasAs 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.
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