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'Farmers, graduates in KP to be extended financial support'

The farmers and graduate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa need to be extended financial support and arrange exposure visits for them, to become successful enterprises, by adopting best practices, following at national level for development of livestock and dairy sector.

It was suggested by the committee of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (FAHVS) University of Agriculture Peshawar, working on the recommendations of the second International conference on Dairy Science Park 2013.

The meeting was chaired by FAHVS AUP Prof Dr M Subhan Qureshi, Dean/Chief Organiser DSP, attending by Prof Sohail Akhtar, Prof Nazir Ahmad, Prof Sarzamin Khan, Dr Umer Sadique, Dr Naila Imtiaz and Dr Abdur Rahman along with the senior officers.

Dr Faisal Khan from Oxford University and Waqar Khattak, banking expert attended the meeting. During the meeting, the draft recommendations prepared during the eight sessions of DSP were discussed for devising implementation strategy.

The meeting viewed that there was a lack any specific mechanism for managing these resources efficiently and wisely. The DSP has provided this mechanism and the Standing Committee on Livestock (SCL) and Business Support Desk (BSD) at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) are the fora for making this dream true.

Prof Sarzamin Khan presented a review of the farming clusters by our graduates and trained men and women as a result of training under the sponsorship of SRSP and other donors. Satisfactory operations were awaiting establishment of additional facilities like slaughtering, cold storage and transportation, which is beyond the capacity of these farmers; and need new investments. A working group on livestock (WGL) was established by the FAHVS AUP Peshawar, aimed at to look upon for feasible models in livestock and poultry production and marketing and the willing graduates are being guided in entering into such schemes. The successful SMEs will be further evaluated for their strength and feasibility and passed through business incubation centres (BIC) at the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Farm Services Centres, Amir Muhammad Khan Campus Mardan or other sites. These will be replicated in the targeted zones through three modes: i) converting existing farming and marketing set-up into viable entrepreneurs or; ii) establishing new graduate entrepreneurs, he added.

Dr Subhan Qureshi elaborated that standard operating procedures would be practised for cost effective productivity and quality control of inputs and products. The University of Agriculture Peshawar will support the entrepreneurs through launching commercial research and introduction of quality control standards, he maintained.

The FAHVS Dean further said the analytical and research set-up will be strengthened through addition of equipment and international accreditation, training and construction of teaching, research and business support infrastructure. Farmers' welfare centres will provide local solutions to the entrepreneurs in disease diagnosis and health coverage, applied research, inputs supplies and products procurement. A model slaughter house will provide teaching, research and training facility to the students, trainees, farmers and technicians, he added.

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