Livestock Development Program (LDP)

Livestock is a significant measure of any rural household’s assets. Apart from crop cultivation, livestock rearing is the other major source of livelihood for farmers. Not only does the livestock serve as a ready source of dairy nutrition for the household but it can also be sold off for a sizeable profit bringing a much welcome boost to the farmer’s income.

Despite the multiple benefits of livestock rearing, farmers in Pakistan are unable to afford it mainly due to a lack of access to affordable financing and adequate savings. The purpose of this program is to provide micro-credit for the purchase of livestock animals such as goats, oxen, cows, and sheep. By encouraging asset creation through herd increases, livestock animals serve as a safety net against economic vulnerability. This program encourages skill development and capacity building of rural farmers by making them aware of better animal rearing practices such as feeding, hygiene, de-worming, veterinary services, and shelter.

Under this project, 263 beneficiary families have been financed livestock till May 2015.

Cow

Calf

Buffalo

Oxen

Goat

Female Goat

Total Animal Financed

80

40

55

143

371

121

810

 

The Livestock Development Program has the following objectives:

  • Training on better practices on feeding, health, medication, veterinary services, and shelter in order to improve health of livestock animals in rural areas
  • Maximizing animal fattening with special compound fodder to fetch maximum prices during sale of livestock
  • Increasing income of livestock farmers to facilitate asset creation in order to ensure economic sustainability
  • Providing female goats for herd increase and milk production to multiply assets and provide food security
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