A certificates distribution ceremony for female livestock extension workers was held. A total of 120 workers from the rural areas of tehsil Bahawalpur and Yazman were imparted 18-day training and awarded certificates on its completion.

The training was organised by Hashoo Foundation under USAID Entrepreneurs project. The ceremony was attended by Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, Country Director of Hashoo Foundation Ali Akbar, Deputy Chief of Party MEDA Daniel Lee and senior officials from the University, livestock, dairy department and Cholistan Development Authority.

Addressing the ceremony, the vice chancellor said, “The University is imparting knowledge of business development and technology enhancement in Southern Punjab through veterinary sciences and other educational services. Livestock and agriculture sectors play a very vital role in the economy of a country and there is dire need to strengthen both the sectors.  The University is also contributing a lot by producing highly trained individuals, scholars and researchers who can perform their roles for the progress of country as per the requirements of the modern era. I congratulate the female livestock extension workers who successfully completed the training and assessment.”

Ali Akbar said, “The importance of livestock sector in rural economy is vivacious. The project’s extensive training component on livestock business management for women will play very important role regarding the transformation of good livelihood practices in rural communities.” He added, “Hashoo Foundation in collaboration with MEDA and USAID is implementing the project titled ‘Improving Micro Enterprises in Dairy’ in Bahawalpur District. Objective of the project is to increase income of 8,000 micro-entrepreneurs including 7,820 dairy farmers, 120 female livestock extension workers and 60 female village milk collectors (at least 80% of whom will be women) in the dairy sector.”

Addressing the ceremony, Daniel, Deputy Chief of party MEDA said “regarding the sustainability of women stakeholders in southern Punjab, MEDA in collaboration with USAID is striving through the introduction of Entrepreneurs Project which aim is to raise the incomes of women micro entrepreneurs over the country by improving their production and management practices in livestock sector and linking them to more profitable markets. Provision of basic business management trainings is one of the components of its project. I congratulate to all women livestock extension worker for their active participation and make this event successful”. He further stated, “I hope, in future these trained workers will replicate their skills and knowledge by promoting best livestock practices for healthy and safe future of communities”.

He added, “In addition, the foundation in collaboration with Shakarganj foods private limited installed and inaugurated 10 milk chillers in Khairpur Tamiwali. The initiative aimed to produce better quality milk and to preserve it for healthy practices. Each chiller will have the capacity to store up to 1,000 liters of milk.”