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UVAS LAUNCHES PROJECT ON ‘CAPACITY BUILDING OF DAIRY FARMERS & INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS ON MILK VALUE CHAIN’

The Department of Dairy Technology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab (L&DD) started a short term training project titled ‘Capacity Building of Dairy Farmers & Industry Stakeholders on Milk Value Chain’ at its Veterinary Academy. Additional Secretary Livestock (Planning) Khalid Mahmood Chaudhry chaired the launching ceremony while Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Additional Secretary (Administration) Khizer Hayat, Dean FAPT Prof Dr. Anjum Khalique, Chairman Dept. of Dairy Technology Dr Saima Inayet, Project Director Dr Muhammad Junaid, Director Veterinary Academy Dr Muhammad Ikram and officials from Livestock Department and professionals from public & private dairy sector were present. Addressing the audience, Khalid Mahmood Ch said that establishment of the Veterinary Academy in UVAS is a great millstone to impart practical knowledge and skills to professionals from across the country as well as outside the country for their capacity building. He said that our livestock farming community of rural areas gets maximum benefits under this project especially enhancing the milk and meat production. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad said that it is direly needed to create awareness among public through social media and YouTube channel by making video clips regarding the nutritional value of milk to avoid misconception associated with packed and pasteurized milk.he added that the dept. is actively engaged in applied research for addressing industry issues. He said that UVAS in collaboration with Livestock Department successfully achieved delivery of pure in-vitro fertilized (IVF) Sahiwal calves which was a breakthrough in the development of livestock sector. He added capacity building training is a two way learning of practical latest knowledge from each other. Khizer Hayat said that capacity building trainings are necessary to enhance quality of milk. Earlier Prof Dr Anjum Khalique welcomed the participants and spoke about the objectives of the project while at the end Dr Saima Inayet presented the vote of thanks.