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Modern dairy farm management training ends
Tuesday, March-17-2009

LAHORE (March 17 2009): Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) in collaboration with Nestle Pakistan arranged a one month training programme for 24 people from the livestock and dairy development sector on modern dairy farm management. According to a spokesman of the ASF after the conclusion of this one-month comprehensive training programme, a ceremony was organised recently to mark the occasion and distribution of certificates among the trainees.

The ceremony was attended by officials of Nestle Pakistan Ltd, Additional Secretary Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and ASF. Professor Dr Muhammad Nawaz, vice-chancellor University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) was the chief guest.

The training programme was a unique initiative by ASF wherein twenty four participants had undergone one-month comprehensive residential training, organised by Nestle Pakistan Ltd, at its Sarsabz Training & Demonstration Farm located near Renala Khurd, District Attock. This initiative was a result of an MoU signed between Nestle and ASF whereby the latter provided financial support to all selected participants by sharing 50 percent of the complete course fee along with travel costs on matching grant basis. Welcoming the guests in his opening remarks, Khalid Khan, CEO ASF thanked Nestle for its support and highlighted the need for similar collaborations in future.

He said that the Livestock sector represents almost 12 percent of the countrys GDP, involving over 8 million farm families or 50 million of the population for their livelihood. He further added that Pakistan produces over 34 million tonnes of milk annually, the value of which alone exceeds the combined value of wheat, rice, maize and sugarcane. The agricultural sector of Pakistan is undergoing major structural transformation. During the past 30 years while the share of agriculture in the GDP has declined from 30 percent to around 22 percent; the share of the livestock sub-sector within agriculture has risen from 25 percent to 50 percent.


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