• The Australian government has provided funding through Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) for a dairy project aimed to increasing dairy production of small holder dairy farms in Pakistan by improving current extension services. Charles Sturt University (CSU, Australia) are working in collaboration with the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore for the implementation of this project. The project started in 2007 and is due to be completed in 2015. The major objectives of the project are:
    • To determine the most effective manner in which the extension model from Phase-I can be scaled out with a lower level of direct supervision to different areas of Pakistan
    • To develop and demonstrate strategies for optimizing feed resources for smallholder dairy farmers
    • To identify and promote profitable new strategies for calf rearing.
    • To identify and promote profitable strategies for milk production by improving milk marketing options for a quality product
    • Build the capacity of key personnel driving the production and marketing of milk from the farm to the consumer

  • Project team attended an international conference at Canberra, Australia (Sep 2014)

  • The project has developed 9th extension module on improved fodder agronomic practices module.

  • 9th extension worker training was conducted for extension workers from Sindh and Punjab provinces on improved agronomic module (21 Nov 2014)

  • Upcoming Event

    Final term forum for ASLP phase II will be organized on 14 October, 2015.

  • Project has organized third training workshop for veterinary officers from Baluchistan & Khyber Paktunkhwa on improved agronomic practices, milk marketing & value addition at UVAS, Lahore (28-29 July 2015)

  • The project has successfully organized a three days training workshop on improved dairy farm practices for veterinary officers from all districts of Khyber Paktunkhwa under Bill & Malinda Gates foundation in Peshawar (9-12 Aug. 2015)

  • Dairy team has translated all the extension material in Sindhi language. The aim if this translation is effective dissemination of key extension messages among farmers and extension workers.

  • In order to address the milk marketing issue, the project has introduced three Ice cream making and one cream extraction entrepreneurship models for women in Sindh and Punjab.

  • Six students (4 UVAS, 2 UAF) have completed their internship with project.

  • Four village based seed enterprise (VBSE) for berseem fodder have been developed in Okara, Pakpattan and Bhakkar.

  • Currently one PhD student Thomas William from Charles Strut University, Australia is conducting his research with project to find out the incidence of parasites in buffaloes in Pakistan.

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