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COMSATS Sahiwal and DRDF signed MoU about Dairy Development

Sahiwal, September 10, 2015:
COMSATS Sahiwal and DRDF - USAID Signed a MoU for the Development of Dairy Sector in Punjab.

At a ceremony held at COMSATS Sahiwal, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Sahiwal (CIIT) and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) - USAID was signed to collaborate in trainings of Master Trainers and staff to achieve the ultimate goal of developing the dairy and livestock sector in Punjab.

Professor Dr. Abdul Waheed, Director CIIT Sahiwal, said in his welcome address that CIIT Sahiwal is committed to play a lead role in the development of Dairy Industry especially in Sahiwal region as the DAIRY HUB of Punjab. He added that in order to achieve it CIIT Sahiwal has planned to institute Postgraduate Certification in Dairy, Livestock and Poultry farming and Business Management in fall 2016 for DVM and Animal Science Graduates. Therefore COMSATS, in partnership with DRDF and other industry stakeholders and public sector, seeks to build the capacity of USAID – DRDF Dairy Project’s master trainers and staff to help them transform the lives of rural communities in Punjab.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Salman Shah, a well renowned economist and DRDF Chairman said, “The Dairy Project’s training programs will continue to empower unemployed rural youth to pursue the path of self-employment. I would like to extend my best wishes to the first graduating batch of Master Trainers trained by COMSATS, and I am certain that they will significantly contribute to achieving the project’s overall goals.

Under the MoU, CIIT Sahiwal will impart hands-on trainings to USAID – DRDF Dairy Project’s master trainers, and/or staff, curriculum development and certifications to trainees and project beneficiaries. CIIT will ensure that with improved knowledge and skills, the certified trainers will be entitled to conduct subsequent trainings for Women Livestock Extension Workers, Farmers and Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) to improve the profitability of farmers and bring socio-economic change in the lives of rural communities in Punjab.

USAID Punjab Senior Development Advisor, Sajjad Moghal, was also present at the ceremony. Mr. Moghal, said, “Today’s ceremony highlights the importance that the United States Government places on deepening the impact of development assistance to the people of Pakistan. Our partnership with the Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) is an excellent model of public-private partnership. USAID supports initiatives such as the USAID – DRDF Dairy Project which seeks to improve the economic opportunities of farmers and rural youth, as well as focus on the capacity building of the project staff.”

Other participants at the ceremony included DCO Sahiwal, Mr. Asif Iqbal; DG Extension Livestock & Dairy Development Department (L&DD) Dr. Nawaz Saeed; DRDF Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Sajjad, USAID-DRDF Dairy Project Chief of Party Jack Moser, and USAID – DRDF Dairy Project General Manager Field Operations Dr. Umar Farooq.

After MoU signing ceremony, Mr. Asif Iqbal, DCO Sahiwal distributed certificates and souvenirs among participants of master training, resource persons and the management committee. He appreciated the efforts of the management of CIIT Sahiwal for taking such initiative for betterment of rural and dairy development in Punjab.

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