Signing Contract of the Development of Integrated Dairy Schemes Project in Herat

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is organizing a signing ceremony in Kabul for the Development of Integrated Dairy Schemes Project in Herat Province, on Thursday 19 April 2007.
The new FAO Trust Fund project “Development of Integrated Dairy Scheme in Herat” will be effective from May 1, 2007. It is a three year Project with Italian funding of two million US dollars (US$ 2,000,000).

The Project aims to improve the food security in Herat by raising the productive capacity of the provincial livestock sector through improvements in animal husbandry, feeding and management. In addition, the capability of local service providers to support the participating farmers will be strengthened. The increased value of dairy products will help generate dependable incomes for the farmers through creating nutritious and hygienic products for the consumers.

The project objectives are to:

* Improve volume and efficiency of milk production by developing a commercial dairy production system in selected locations of Herat province;
* Support the stakeholders to develop functional milk collection, processing and marketing structures for milk and dairy products;
* Support the stakeholders to develop organizational structures for the sustainable management of the Herat Dairy Scheme.

The immediate target beneficiaries include about 1,100 dairy producer families from several districts of Herat Province (Guzerah, Enjil, Pashtun Zarghun, Kaharuk and Herat City).

Major activities planned during the project period include:

1. Establishment of 10 milk collection centres/milk producers’ cooperative societies at the village level for milk collection;
2. Establishment of appropriate sized dairy processing plant (around 5,000 litres milk /day capacity);
3. To establish a functional and sustainable input delivery mechanism for the farmers (animal health, AI, feeding and fodder, and other input services required for milk production);
4. Collaboration with the diagnostic laboratory at the provincial veterinary department;
5. To train farmers (both women and men) in improved animal husbandry and milk production practices.

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