• Phase one of the ASLP dairy project demonstrated the potential to improve the profitability of smallholder dairy farmers through piloting of new extension approaches and materials .Of the 250 pilot farmers >30% made relatively simple improvements to their management practices ,such as providing their animals free access to water throughout the day (as this alone leads to increases in milk production of approximately 1.5 liters/day ,reduction in health related issues and significant reduction in labor inputs. An external review of the project in November, 2008 concluded that “the project had progressed satisfactory, and showed considerable promise to deliver robust outcomes. It could be further strengthen through a broader appreciation of extension delivery for both dairy and non-dairy components of the smallholder farming system.

    Based on the effective linkages and good prospects for further technical progress resulting from ASLP phase-I and the opportunity for strengthening benefits flows to the rural poor both government approved second phase of ASLP. It has been agreed that R&D should occur within a value-chain framework and with special attention to benefit for the poor and marginalized. Within this context this phase of the project will address three themes with associated sub-objectives.

    Theme-1:Testing and enhancing dairy extension approaches throughout Pakistan
    Theme-2:Research priority areas for enhancing milk production and quality from small-holder dairy farmers
    Theme-2:Research priority areas for enhancing milk production and quality from small-holder dairy farmers
    Theme-3:Capacity building of dairy extension and industry staff to implement the improved dairy extension approaches

    Specific objectives under these Themes are:

    Objective-1:To determine the most effective manner in which the extension approaches from ASLP-I can be scaled out with a lower level of direct supervision to different areas of the Pakistan
    Objective-2:To develop and promote strategies for optimizing feed resources for small-holder dairy farmers
    Objective-3:To identify and promote new profitable strategies for calf rearing
    Objective-4:To identify and develop strategies for improving small-holder profitability through higher and better quality milk production opportunities
    Objective-5:To build the capacity extension and industry personnel thus driving the production and marketing of milk as a quality product

  • 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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