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Improving Income Levels

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. There was no permanent source of income. He heard about the Dairy Project’s Artificial Insemination Technicians’ training program for young, educated rural men in a community meeting and, upon consultation with his family, decided to apply for it.

During the training, Ghufran learnt various techniques including detecting an animal’s heat, rod passing to artificially inseminate the animal, palpitation test, conducting accurate pregnancy tests and other breeding techniques.

According to Ghufran, “I have inseminated about 150 animals out of which about 60-65 animals are pregnant. My income has increased from PKR 8,000 – 10,000 to PKR 14,000 per month, which enables me to provide a share in household income. I recently purchased a UPS for my family, with the profits earned.”

In addition to artificial insemination services, Ghufran also offers value addition services that help supplement his additional income, “I provide pregnancy diagnosis services along with artificial insemination services, and earn an additional PKR 1500-3,000 from 25 to 30 pregnancy diagnoses in last three months.” says Ghufran.

The overall aim of AI Training is to ensure that through better breeding, farmers are able to increase their milk production and incomes. The Dairy Project aims to train 2,445 Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs). As of August 2015, over 2,168 AITs have been trained and are now providing breed improvement services to farmers in over 20,000 villages across Pakistan, with an average income of PKR 10,500/- ($100 approx.)

Upon successful performance criteria, the Dairy Project awarded Ghufran with a motorbike on a 50 per cent cost share basis. “My community is satisfied and acknowledges my efficient AI and basic animal health care services. My family is also very happy with this advancement and I aim to further excel by taking a diploma in livestock extension services.” he says.

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