Punjab board, Women Chamber look to empower female farmers

By APP
Published: May 11, 2017
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Board (PLDDB) and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bahawalpur (WCCIB) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at empowering female farmers in livestock and related fields.

The two organisations agreed to work together for building capacity of female livestock farmers in rural areas for the development of integrated livestock value chain.

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The PLDDB will conduct training sessions on good livestock practices, cultivation of fodder varieties and providing subsidised feeding resource for registered female farmers.

It will also provide small animals, animal vaccination and fodder seed for the registered needy female livestock farmers. The board will explore joint venture opportunities for the Women Chamber with local and international donors in various projects.

On the other hand, the WCCIB will provide basic infrastructure for the PLDDB for establishing its sub-office in the chamber. The WCCIB will conduct preliminary field research to find and register needy female farmers.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, PLDDB Chairman and Punjab Minister for Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said the provincial government was striving to empower female farmers and the MoU with the Women Chamber was a big achievement.

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PLDDB official Saira Iftikhar said the collaboration with the Women Chamber would strengthen female farmers in the livestock sector.

WCCIB President Shireen Arshad Khan appreciated the PLDDB’s cooperation in providing a useful podium to female farmers.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2017.

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