June 13, 2011


Pakistan dairy farmers to receive aid from US



The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has initiated the Dairy Value Change Development Project to help Pakistan's dairy farmers, said USAID Karachi Office-in-charge, Paul Sabatine.


The project aims to help increase incomes of dairy farmers in northern Sindh and southern Punjab by improving their farming practices, forging more profitable relationships with suppliers, buyers and veterinary health service providers, said Sabatine.


More than 22,000 flood-affected dairy farmers in Larkana and Dadu districts of Sindh have received livestock feed, seeds and other forms of assistance from the US government. This has enabled farmers to keep their livestock healthy and increase milk production by 0.5 litres a day per animal.


The flood-relief assistance is part of a long term, enduring partnership between the US and Pakistan in the economic sector. USAID provided PKR78 million (US$909,674) in micro-grants to farmers, including vaccination for animals against foot-and-mouth disease, veterinary services, fertilisers, multi-cut grass seeds, oat seeds, mineral mixtures, and other nutritional supplements to help restore the health and productivity of flood-affected livestock.


"I am very proud that from the very first days of this epic flood, the US offered a wide range of support in many of the Pakistan's worst affected areas," said Sabatine.


The dairy sector is a key driver of economic growth in Pakistan.


Tahir Jawaid, Vice President, Public Affairs Engro Corp said, "Engro Foundation played a crucial role in the post flood relief and rehabilitation efforts, and we take special pride in our role in the Khushhaal Livestock Project. As part of our continuing efforts to assist farmers in Sindh, Engro Foundation will continue to work with USAID to provide market linkages, technical and advisory support, training, and capacity development to dairy farmers."

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