USAID Trains Unemployed Youth in Farm Management

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Punjab, Mr. Jeffrey N. Bakken, awarded graduation certificates to 22 trainees who successfully completed a one-month farm manager training program under USAID’s Dairy Project. This innovative management training teaches Punjabi youth pursuing a career in dairy farm management to enhance milk production and increase their incomes. 

Mr. Bakken emphasized U.S. support for improving livelihoods for rural communities in the Punjab and Pakistan.  He remarked, “Today’s event highlights the importance that the United States places on deepening the impact of development assistance to the people of Pakistan and improving the lives of those in rural communities.  Your dedication is critical to pave the way for long-term economic gains in the dairy sector.”  Dairy Project Director Jack Moser also congratulated the graduates, “We celebrate the success of farm managers who will make a difference in the livestock sector by offering their services to the commercial dairy farm enterprises in the Punjab.  The USAID Dairy Project will continue to mobilize and support farmers in the Punjab by training 400 individuals in dairy farm management.”

USAID’s three-year, $14 million Dairy Project will impact the lives of 9,000 small dairy farmers by enhancing their productivity by at least 10 percent, resulting in at least 10 percent increase in their incomes.  The project provides training on the best dairy farm management techniques, including artificial insemination, and provides women livestock workers training in entrepreneurship.

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