To bring white revolution and fulfill people's meat demands, the Government has decided to launch two mega projects for uplift of livestock sector in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) areas shortly to bolster income of tribal people especially of women folk.
One of the mega projects is "Calves Fattening Project" that would be launched this month to fulfill the demands of quality meat of the ever growing population of the country.
Official sources in Fata Livestock and Dairy Development told APP on Sunday that Calves Fattening Project would be launched in Frontier Regions of Peshawar, Kohat and Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai Agencies this month and would later be extended to other tribal agencies. He said it was a two-year project that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs. 68 million.
A registered farmer/livestock owner, having cows or buffalos' calves (male) between 10 to 50 numbers would be provided free of cost technical support in formation of farms houses besides medicines, insemination, vaccination and fodder's services at their doorsteps, he added.
It will be mandatory for the registered beneficiary livestock owner/farmers to look after and keep its calves in his/her farm for at least three months for provision of above services on constant basis by the Livestock Department. He said at least 3000 calves would be fattened in next two years under this Project.
This would help improve the income of tribal people besides generating employment opportunities in Fata and will provide healthy and quality meat to consumers.
Another project that is establishment of a model farm in Khyber Agency was also in pipeline and hopefully its PC-I would be com- pleted this month and would be launched after completion of codal formalities, he added.
Under this project, 50 cows would be kept in the model farm for cross-breeding that would not only help produce quality and healthy breed but also increase per kilogram meat and milk production in Fata. The estimated cost of this project is Rs.100 million that would be launched in Khyber Agency on pilot basis soon.
He said negotiations were underway with donor agencies for establishment of Milk Processing Plant in Fata to improve quality of milk and earn valuable foreign exchange for the country besides bringing economic improvement in the lives of tribesmen.
These project will help support national efforts for poverty alleviation by providing a model for sustainable rural development through livestock-based income generating activities at the rural community level and will help reduces poverty, enhances development opportunities for women and poor farmers, improves household food security and nutrition.
The official said another project "Breed Improvement in Fata" was also underway under which quality semen dozes collected from healthy animals is being provided to livestock breeders and farmers for production of quality breed, he added. To fulfill peoples' demand, he said, a Semen Production Unit has been established in Khyber Agency from where improved semen dozes was being supplied to Fata to improve the less productive livestock breed.
The Livestock Department Fata is striving hard to help change the old concept of procurement, processing and distribution of milk for economic wellbeing of rural milk producers and helping urban consumers to get quality milk at a reasonable price.
He said as many as 6.5million animals and 6.1 million poultry were available in Fata and efforts were underway to increase it under these mega plans to bring white revolution in the country.
In addition to capacity building of doctors and veterinary assistants, he said mobile clinics project was successfully underway in Orakzai, Kurram, Khyber and Bajaur Agencies wherein specialist doctors and vetarnary assistants were providing quality services to farmers and livestock owners living in remote areas.
These projects are aimed at to exploit the vast potential of livestock and dairy development in Fata and make it income-generating ventures for tribesmen to improve their life style.