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US helping small farm businesses increase profits

Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID Administrator, Wednesday, said that the US government had announced to help 45,000 farmers in the fruit, vegetable, dairy, and livestock sectors increase their profits. According to Alex the training and modernisation supported by USAID will enable small farmers to deliver higher quality products and increase their profits.
“These programmes would increase incomes and create jobs for farmers, agricultural sector processors, and exporters,” said Alex Thier at a meeting of NGOs working with USAID on this initiative. Farmers would work with US-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to form over 3,000 small farmers’ groups and will receive specialised training to improve their products and sales.
Twelve Pakistani NGOs signed cooperative agreements with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Agribusiness Project today in Islamabad to provide training to farmers.
Pakistan’s fruit, vegetable, dairy, and meat farmers have great potential, but many small agriculture-based businesses lack the tools to deliver the quality, variety, and quantity of goods that local and international markets demand.
The twelve Pakistani NGOs helping rural farm communities include the Aga Khan Rural Support Program, the National Rural Support Programme, the Sarhad Rural Support Program, the Society for Human and Natural Resources Development (Lasoona), the Hashoo Foundation, the Punjab Rural Support Program, the Rural Community Development Society, the Jinnah Welfare Society, the Roshni Development Organisation, the Sindh Agricultural Forestry Workers Coordinating Organisation, the Taraqee Foundation, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The Agribusiness Project is one of the many initiatives that the United States and Pakistan are carrying out together to create jobs and increase incomes.
The United States and Pakistan are expanding irrigation by 200,000 acres to spur agricultural activity near the Gomal Zam and Satpara dams; constructing more than 1,000 km of roads to connect communities and facilitate trade; modernising dairy farms in Punjab; and launching investment funds that will provide capital to help small and medium businesses grow.



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  1. ali hassan said:

    in sindh area of jacobabad if any ngo working for the above project i can assist them as ihave done pro-poor market development short course from university of queens land brisbane [email protected] , 03008275327

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