Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Owais Ahmad Ghani concluded the Livestock Development Workshop at the Frontier Scouts Center of Excellence, Cadet College Warsak, organized jointly by the Frontier Scouts with the technical assistance of the KP Agricultural University Peshawar and financial sponsorship of Agribusiness Support Fund. Resources persons included Prof Dr M Subhan Qureshi, Dr Asal Khan, Dr Nazir Ahmad, Dr Zakir Hussain, Dr Ihsanullah and Mr Iftikhar Ahmad. Various aspects of livestock health and production were covered during technical sessions prevailing over two days. The aim of the workshop was to educate the intermediate level farmers about basic livestock farming and management practices and to suggest measures for improvement.
The Governor emphasized promotion of quality education and livestock and dairy development in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to improve the socio-economic condition of tribesmen. He said that livestock was the main source of earnings and livelihood of low-income community in agro-based and rural economy. He said that a large part of population, especially low-income groups in FATA, derived their income from livestock and dairy development sector.
The governor said that livestock-related programmes with maximum private sector involvement could reduce poverty, stabilise economy and bring prosperity in the Fata and flood-affected districts. He said that the government was giving special attention to promote education in Fata and it would open cadet colleges in each agency to provide better education opportunities to tribal youth. The establishment of cadet college at remote Warsak area had clearly reflected the government’s strong resolve to enhance literacy rate and prepare the youth to effectively tackle the future challenges.
Prof Qureshi brief the Governor about the proposed international workshop on dairy science park titled: “Developing a hub of dairy enterprises in the flood-affected regions of Khyber Pakthunkhwa through partnership of academia, government, entrepreneurs and civil society.” The Governor assured support of the government in supporting such productive initiatives.