The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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