Lahore:Provincial Minister for Agriculture & Livestock, Malik Ahmad Ali has said that the project of imparting training to two thousand young men as artificial insemination assistant and two thousand young women as women livestock extension workers has been launched in rural areas of Punjab through artificial insemination project for providing training to rural youth in livestock sector for meeting the needs of milk and meat of the increasing population of the province.
He expressed these views while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony on the completion of training of second group of this project held under the aegis of Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board, here today. Chief Executive Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board Maj.Gen.(R) Muhammad Ali Khan, Secretary Livestock Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh, Director General Livestock Extension Dr. Irfan Zahid, Vice Chancellor UVAS Prof. Dr. Tallat Naseer Pasha and Chairman NESTLE Pakistan Limited and Member Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board Syed Yawar Ali were also present on this occasion.
Addressing the function, Livestock Minister told that 572 workers who have completed training under this project are playing important role in the development of the country. He said that livestock sector is a backbone of the economy of the country and the steps taken by the Board for its uplift are commendable. He said that according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab, this project will not only help in modernizing the livestock sector but export of livestock products worth five billion dollars will also be ensured.
Chief Executive Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board Maj.Gen.(R) Muhammad Ali Khan while informing the details of training programme said that 210 youth belonging to Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan are playing their important role in the field after completing training whereas the certificates are being distributed among the second group of 362 youth belonging to Narowal, Sialkot, Mianwali and Bhakkar. He further told that like previous group, the Board will give monthly scholarship of seven thousand rupees to each A1 Assistant, free A1 kit and motorcycle on easy installment without interest whereas Rs. three thousand monthly scholarship to each woman livestock extension worker and other necessary equipment for the business relating to livestock.
Chairman NESTLE Pakistan Limited Syed Yawar Ali said that elimination of poverty is impossible without promotion of livestock sector. Sectary Livestock Hamid Yaqub Sheikh said that livestock sector is progressing rapidly in Punjab and it has a significant share in the national GDP. Earlier, Provincial Minister distributed motorcycles among artificial insemination assistants and certificates among women livestock extension workers.