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 beneficiary’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 facilitate the susceptible beneficiaries for the purchase of livestock animals such as goats, oxen, cows, and buffaloes. 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 maintenance.

Under this project, 348 beneficiary families have been financed 987 livestock till 2019.

Cows

Calves

Buffaloes

Oxen

Goats

Doe

Total Animal Financed

135

49

59

154

387

203

987

 

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 and cows for herd increase and milk production to multiply assets and provide food security
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