Achievement at a glance
Dairy Science Park 2015 was held. Research priorities for postgraduate programs at UAP were revised to meet the emerging challenges. Quality control standards were introduced at medium sized production and processing units. New concepts were introduced in postgraduate research like maggot meal, silk worm meal, meal worm, omega-3 enriched eggs, iron and zinc enriched eggs, quality control through drug-residues, aflatoxin levels, antibiotic resistance, herbal probiotics, improvement meat quality through dietary antioxidants supplementation, stress management through antioxidants, semen, breeding through artificial insemination, introduction and evaluation of rabbits for meat production. A collaboration on “Biorisk Management” was established Sandia National Laboratories USA.
Challenges faced in implementation
The DSP has been focusing on the medium sized production and processing units to enhance profitability and introduce quality standards. These units are managed by persons with poor socio economic status and hesitate in joining development agencies like DSP unless they are provided with some material incentives. Most of the public and NGO sectors project provide such incentives. The District Government has been implementing the pricing policy focusing on maintaining lower costs, ignoring quality standards. The political leadership heading such governments are unaware of the importance of public health threats arising due to poor quality meat, milk and eggs and they are more interested in providing government jobs or materials in form of charity.
DSP is planning to establish the Center of Excellence for Dairy Science Park through strengthening and splitting of the existing Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences into two Faculties of: i) Veterinary Sciences and: ii) Animal Production Sciences and a third; iii) Faculty of Dairy Science Park. The third Faculty will comprise of the Departments of i) Biorisk Management; ii) Products Technology and iii) Entrepreneurship and Certification. The Center is based upon the HEC Vision of Entrepreneurship and private sector led development. Applied research would be generated and translated into business models at the Campus and at registered private and public sector farms. The feasible models would be propagated under an Endowment Fund. Dairy Science Park Board will be established by the provincial government to provide regulatory, administrative, legal and financial support to the enterprises. The redundant and inefficient organizations would be supported for revival.
Young man and women of the region; products consumers and producers.
The new entrepreneurs and emerging industries were provided technical and legal support to enhance their profitability and get certification to avoid administrative harassment. Training of farmers resulted in enhancing profitability and improving products quality. Meat processing facilities and slaughtering points got into business and are becoming models for other young investors. The young scientists were motivated to write industry related research projects for funding and many of them were successful in winning the grants. Some of the outgoing DVM graduates were exposed to internship in the industry and many of them established their own entrepreneurship.
Self-employment for the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA