What is Dairy Project?

The Dairy Project is a joint effort of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF). The 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 more than 30,000 rural households, yielding increased animal productivity, higher incomes and better livelihood.

Who are the donor agencies in Dairy Project?

US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Who are our key partners?

United States Agency for International Development, USAID (donor), Nestle Pakistan Ltd through DRDF, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore (UVAS), Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Sahiwal.

Who are the major stakeholders of Dairy Project?

Rural community including women, Government Livestock Department, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), input suppliers, NGOs and donors of Dairy Project.

What are the objectives of Dairy Project?

The objective of the Dairy Project is to improve and enhance the productivity and livelihoods of rural communities through capacity-building of dairy farmers and provision of quality and timely breeding and extension services in livestock and dairy development. In this respect:

  • 48,600 Famers to be trained in best dairy farm practices and 500 Farm Managers/commercial farmers to be trained for mechanized and modern large dairy farms
  • 2,445 A.I Technicians self-employed, breed improvement
  • 6,000 Women Livestock Extension Workers (WLEWs) to be trained as animal health and livestock related businesses
  • Mass Awareness Campaign for Farmers in best Farm Practices through Electronic, Print media and Mass awareness tools
  • 100 local dairy farms to be upgraded into model farms on a cost-share basis
  • Animal waste to be utilized as an alternative source of energy (biogas) for rural communities

Who are the beneficiaries?

Our beneficiaries include small holder dairy farmers, commercial farms, rural youth and women

Does the Dairy Project extend financial assistance to its beneficiaries?

No, USAID-DRDF Dairy Project does not generally provide financial assistance. Based on skills development, it plans to maximize the potential of Pakistan dairy sector through four components built on the premise that effective training and awareness building can quickly align the local dairy sector with the modern best practices; thereby improving sector’s productivity.

However, under Dairy Project’s Farm Upgradation and Biogas Units component, dairy farmers are provided financial assistance for the upgradation of local dairy farms on a 50 per cent cost-share basis.

What is the target Project area?

The Dairy Project's major focus is on Punjab; within Punjab mainly South Punjab

Where is the Project main office and training sites?

  • Project head office is in Lahore
  • WLEW training center and field offices in Bahawalpur and Vehari
  • A.I training at Burj Attari
  • Farmer Training at Bahawalpur, Vehari and Sukheki

Who will give training to The Rural Women, Dairy Farmers And AI Technicians?

The Dairy Project is in the process of training and capacity building of rural women, dairy farmers and AI Technicians in livestock and dairy development, whereas technical experts, Master Trainers (DVM, BSC. Animal Husbandry) have already been trained by the "University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences", Lahore (UVAS) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Sahiwal in this respect.

Who has designed the curriculum?

The training curriculum has been specially tailored and endorsed by The University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, ensuring reflection of high standards of teaching methodology and content in curative and preventive primary veterinary services.

Is there any assessment of the trained beneficiaries?

The training process comprises of 30 % theoretical and 70 % of practical components. After going through this hands-on training, the Women Livestock and Extension Workers (WLEWs) and Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) are validated and certified by The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, whereas pre and post training tests of dairy farmers are also conducted by the certified master trainers. Followed by the training, follow-up support is provided to the beneficiaries for further evaluation.

Is there any follow-up support and market mechanism to ensure the sustainability of successful trainees?

Besides delivering hands-on training to the beneficiaries, the USAID-DRDF Dairy Project is also providing extensive follow-up support through technical assistance. The Project has established a network to ensure the sustainability and business development of these beneficiaries. With the passion and commitment of the team, the project is rendering valuable, timely and sustainable support to establish market linkages for the dairy farmers, AITs and WLEWs to promise a clear difference in their lives.

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