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Improving Micro Enterprises in Dairy – Bahawalpur

Overview

Pakistan is one of the largest milk producing nations in the world, absence of modern dairy farming knowledge amongst the Pakistani dairy farmers limits their opportunities for commercial benefits, HF therefore, implemented this project in partnership with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) under the “USAID Entrepreneurs Project”. The objective of the project was to increase the income of 8,000 micro-entrepreneurs by 50% (at least 80% of whom are women) in the dairy sector. The project’s duration was of 35 months, starting from July 2011 to May 2014. The dairy development and value chain project was executed in 218 villages.

Achievements

  • 7,842 dairy farmers, 120 Female Livestock Extension Workers (FLEWs) and 60 Female Village Milk Collectors (FMVCs) were trained in dairy management and extension services
  • MOU was signed with Islamia University, Bahawalpur for certification of FLEWs training, with certification and tool kit provision, more than 50% of the FLEWs became self-sustainable
  • Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed with Shakarganj Foods Private Ltd. for the installation of Chillers in the project area, which resulted in 50% cost sharing of 20 milk chillers by the milk processing company
  • 04 hubs/stores were established in the vicinity of the project areas to provide appropriate veterinary assistance, including feed and vaccine to the local communities
  • 01 water trough was given to each beneficiary to provide their animals with 24/7 access to clean water, which would increase the milk yield by 15-20%
  • An evaluation study (by MEAL Unit) on utilization of improved practices, revealed that nearly one half (50%) of the beneficiaries were now giving water twice a day to their animals. Cleaning of shed and manger had lessened the parasitic effects on animals and kept them healthier and productive. Furthermore, use of green fodder and salt remained a high practice. Due to unavailability of Vanda, farmers fed their animals with cotton seed cake and wheat barn, which were considered good alternatives.

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