FAISALABAD: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) on Thursday distributed 30 goats among six rural women. A ceremony in this regard was held at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. Speaking on the occasion, TIKA Country Coordinator Mustafa Giray Tezel said project aimed to raise incomes of women living in rural areas. He said initiatives had been launched under the project Empowerment of Lady Farmers.
He said as many as 60 rural women had been given five goats each over a period of two years. He said the scope of the project would soon be increased to include more villages. UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said Turkey had always stood with Pakistan in difficult times. He said economic development in Pakistan was directly linked to rural economy. He said there was a need for a greater focus on the problems of the rural population. He said women farmers were an important component of Pakistan’s agriculture sector. He said it was important to empower these women so they could make a greater contribution to the country’s economy.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2014.