Project to provide income opportunity for Tharis
- the most important projects in the history of Tharparkar
- aims to improve the productivity and market access of small and medium producers in important commodity value chains
- this project will utilize approximately 50,000 liters of milk
- there are seven million animals in the desert, an estimated 50,000 liters of milk is wasted each day due to lack of access to a market
- project would benefit approximately 112,000 farmers covering over 66,000 hectares
- A total of 153 milk freezers will be installed in all districts, including 30 in Tharparkar and 23 in the Badin district in its first phase.
- Other districts will also be included in the project in the next phase
- around 40,000 animals could give at least five liters of milk daily, all such animals will be registered before their milk is collected
- survey of animals has already started and only those villages will be preferred where the quantity of milk is in abundance
- capacity of a freezer is 500 to 1,000 litres, and the freezers will be installed on the basis of the survey and the quantity of milk available
Thoughts of Rachid Benmessaoud ( World Bank Country Director for Pakistan) about this project
The project is envisaged to be a significant investment towards inclusive growth by prioritizing support to small and medium sized producers who are trying to compete in horticulture markets. Investing in horticulture offers the best potential for increased small producer incomes, new employment opportunities in production and processing, improved resource productivity and enhanced micro-nutrient availability in the market.
The project focuses on horticulture and milk production as they have a small farmer focus, have significant involvement of women in production and processing and from a national perspective, Sindh enjoys the greatest competitive advantage in these pro-poor production value chains. Capacity building, technical assistance and strategic planning for sector growth will also be provided through this project.
The project will also promote the private sector participation in the agricultural development and sector growth through public-private models for agribusiness development and support services.
(world bank press release)
It will provide a better livelihood and people will start earning through their animals instead of only selling them.
There is no concept of selling camel milk either, thousands of people will get additional income if they register their animals with the project.
SINDH AGRICULTURAL GROWTH PROJECT (SAGP)
•Project Development Objectives
The proposed Project Development Objective (PDO) is to improve the productivity and market access of small and medium producers in important commodity value chains. This will be achieved by:
(i) investing in knowledge and technology for producers sub-sectors of crops and livestock; and
(ii) strengthening public sector institutions to enhance the enabling environment for
sustained sectoral growth.
• To improve the productivity and market access of small and medium producers in
important commodity value chains.
• Strengthening public sector institutions to enhance the enabling environment for sustained sectoral growth.
• Agriculture Sector
(i) Increase in agricultural productivity of targeted commodities.
(ii) Increase in farm income of target beneficiaries.
(iii) Increase in GDP contribution of targeted commodities.
(iv) Improved nutrition (or food security) rates.
• Livestock Sector
(i) To improve the milk production and organize the proper milk collection system.
(ii) To improve the socio-economic status of the farmers through improved
and efficient marketing system.
(iii) Livestock sector institutional development.
(iv) To improve and increase the trained manpower for artificial insemination services through establishing a Training Institute Tandojam.
(v) To increase the milk production by genetic improvement of dairy herd.
(vi) To ensure the delivery of quality veterinary/ animal husbandry services to
the registered farmers in the targeted areas.
(vii) To deliver the door step animal nutrition advisory services in targeted districts for
optimal use of feed and fodder that enhances the milk production.
Project Location (District Wise)
Agriculture Sector >>> Khairpur, Larkana, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Matiari, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Kamber, Thatta, Badin.
Livestock Sector >>> Hyderabad and Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushehro Feroze and Khairpur, Sukkur and Larkana
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