• A benchmark and longitudinal study was carried out with the objective to demonstrate the effect of improved extension services on dairy production for small holder farmers. Benchmark data was collected on the whole farming system from 121 and 107 farmers in the two environmentally contrasting districts, Okara and Bhakkar respectively. Improved extension services as well as veterinary services were provided to these farmers in the form of access to quality vaccines and by presenting "improved farming techniques" in farmer discussion groups.

    Farmers recorded farm production data on a weekly basis including records of milk production from each milking cow and buffalo. Results indicate that farmers greatly overestimate the daily production of their milking animals. Furthermore, preliminary results of the uptake of "improved farming techniques" indicate an average increase in production per animal of up to 0.93 kilograms per animal per day. This research suggests that if simple improvements to the extensio methods carried out in Pakistan are implemented, there is potential for increases in milk production throughout the country. This is likely to have positive ramifications relating to food security and the socio-economic status of small-holder dairy farmers in Pakistan.

    Longitudinal survey results for average recorded milk production per day (kg/day). Comparisons between three categories of cattle (sahiwal, cross and desi/local) and buffalo

    Average milk production of animals in the longitudinal survey from farms that were categorized into "adoptive" and "traditional" farmers

  • 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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