Veterinary experts and economists have described the dairy and livestock industry as one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of poverty reduction and economic growth, and suggested that farmers should be trained to take advantage of the financial benefits of meat, milk and its by-products. small and large animal, while government, research institutes and experts are urged to conduct joint research and awareness campaigns in this regard.
In collaboration with the University of Veterinary Sciences (UOVS) and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) at the University of Melbourne in Australia, a three-day training workshop was held at Sindh Agricultural University Tandojam, for the development of dairy, milk, meat and small animals in Pakistan, where directors, deputy directors and senior veterinarians were trained under the “Dairy Beef Project” to improve the economic situation low-income families and small herders.
Addressing the certificates and the closing ceremony, Dr Fateh Marri, vice-chancellor of Sindh University of Agriculture, said raising cattle could change the economic situation of poor families and their way of life. .
He said that farmers should be trained regularly in various technologies for the production of dairy, beef, goat meat and animal husbandry, which would enable them to earn sufficient income, especially considering the needs of national markets and foreigners, as well as there is a need for awareness on native animal husbandry.
He said that Sindh also has better breeds of cattle, which will increase the productivity of the dairy and livestock sector in Pakistan in order to increase the demand for meat, milk, leather and their by-products on the halal market of the world.
Dr Hassan Mehmood Warraich, project team leader, said that the main objective of this workshop was to help smallholder farmers with the beneficial results of dairy and meat technology through qualified experts and to create the best resources and personal business opportunities for their economic life.
Ms Humaira Iqbal, project manager, said that during the training workshop, government experts and participants were briefed on various modules related to dairy technology, beef value chain and research applied in Pakistan and drew attention to small production systems.
Abdul Aziz Training Manager and Aijaz Kumbhar Provincial Coordinator, Dairy Beef Project said that the Sindh Government Livestock Department has also been included in the program so that they can transfer this technology to small farmers and breeding families. pets from which they can benefit as much as possible.
The speakers also highlighted the need for research support for the improvement and development of livestock and small animals between ACIAR’s Dairy Beef and Small Romance project and Sindh Agricultural University.