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 48,600 dairy farmers and 500 farm managers/commercial farmers in best dairy farm practices. As of October 2015, the project has trained over 33,420 dairy farmers—78 per cent of whom have adopted at least three best farming practices leading to 11 per cent increase in the average milk yield, while,492 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.