Introduction to Modern Dairy Farm Management training held
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) organized training course on “Introduction to Modern Dairy Farm Management” on August 22-26, 2016. The week long training course was attended by over 15 participants from various parts of the country. The group included participants from Doctor’s Dairies & Feeds Karachi, Maxim International Lahore and Agri-Vet Services along with a number of existing dairy farm owners and potential investors who intend to establish dairy farms in near future. This training was also the continuation of SADI’s series of trainings on modern dairy farm management aiming to help dairy farming emerge as a profitable business. The course had an extensive focus on various issues related to modern dairy farming including farm feasibility, management skills, feeding, breeding, housing, youngstock, health, waste management and economics. A special emphasis was also given on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the key performance indicators (KPIs) that plays a vital role in success of a dairy farm. Senior trainers and resource persons having hands-on experience in the relevant fields were engaged to conduct the training while interactive and participatory mode of training also enhanced the learning process.
In order to give practical understanding, the farm excursions were also organized. Participants spent a full day at two different dairy farms, one controlled shed and second open shed structure, that gave them an opportunity to practically observe and learn on various aspects of farm management.
The training concluded with the certificate distribution ceremony on Friday evening. Dr. Arshad Hussain Hashmi who is Head of Dairy & Livestock at Apna Bank Limited was the chief guest at this occasion. Present at the occasion were also Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat, Incharge Solve Agri & Dairy Institute Dr. Muhammad Rasheed and Solve Agri Pak’s Business Development Manager & Trainer Mr. Khuram Ihsan.
Training participants Mr. Asif Imran (who is Market Planning & Coordination Manage at Atlas Honda and is potential investor for dairy farming) sharing his views about training said that he has been considering investing into dairy farming and for the purpose has long been looking for a platform to understand the complete details of this business. This one week training has substantially helped him achieve the level that he needed to be sure before making decision to go into this business. He appreciated SADI’s critical role in guiding the new comers into this business in a complete way where they are fully made aware of all pros and cons, opportunities and threats pertaining to this business. Another training participant Mr. Rana Ansar who is running his small dairy farm in Toba Tek Singh district said that training has changed his approach towards dairy farming and now he is capable of transforming his business on commercial lines. He expressed his gratitude towards trainers and management at SADI for organizing such a wonderful training course. Another training participant from Karachi, Dr. Khalid Kaim Khani, who is Director Business Development at Doctor’s Dairies & Feeds said that he has been into this field for last twenty years, yet learning never stops. He said that his organization was feeling gaps in their team to properly address the changing needs of the customers and hence decided to equip the team with modern knowledge and skills for providing services to the farmers. He appreciated the training contents and said that this course has made a huge difference for himself and his team members who have attended the course. This will help us in better addressing and responding to market needs in future, he said.
In his address, chief guest Dr. Arshad Hussain Hashmi (Head of Dairy & Livestock at Apna Bank Limited) appreciated Solve Agri Pak’s initiative in the form of Solve Agri & Dairy Institute to develop human resource and contribute in value addition of dairy sector. He said that Apna Bank Limited is a micro-financial institution having keen interest to extend financial support for the upcoming livestock & dairy related business ventures especially at SME level. He congratulated the participants on utilizing this learning opportunity to grasp firm understanding of modern mechanics of dairy farming that are essentially required in successful dairy farming operations.
Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat expressed his gratitude to organisations and individuals who realized the need of capacity building towards modern dairy farm management and decided to participate in this course. He urged the participants to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the course, for taking initiatives, making decisions and leading the actions, for improvement in dairy farming sector of Pakistan.He said that Solve Agri Pak has been significantly contributing towards human resource development besides being the most reliable one-stop solution provider for the livestock & dairy sector in Pakistan. Later certificates were distributed among participants.
SADI Organized Training on Efficient Milk Collection Practices
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute organized two days customized training on “Efficient Milk Collection Practices” for milk collection staff of Haleeb Foods Limited. The two days training was organized at Haleeb Foods’s plant in Bhai Pheru attended by 25 key personnels from Milk Collection & Dairy Services department. The two days training emphasized on hygienic milk collection and handling in efficient manner. The training, based on participatory approach, covered various important aspects of quality milk collection, including Developing dairy services – connecting with farmers, Hygienic milk collection from farm to factory, Efficient milk collection & handling, Evaluating potential pockets for milk collection & establishing milk collection network, Factors affecting quality of milk, Equipment maintenance & CIP practices, Achieving low bacterial count in raw milk, Professional ethics etc.
The training concluded with the certificate distribution ceremony chaired by Mr. Haroon Lodhi, Chief Operating Officer of Haleeb Foods Limited. Present at the occasion were also Dr. Waseem Shaukat (General Manager, Solve Agri Pak), Mr. Faisal Nisar (Head of Milk Collection & Dairy Services, Haleeb Foods), Dr. Imdad Ali Daudpota (Manager Operations Milk Collection & Dairy Services, Haleeb Foods) and Dr. Muhammad Rasheed (Incharge, Solve Agri & Dairy Institute).
Speaking at the occasion Dr. Waseem Shaukat, GM Solve Agri Pak, lauded the Haleeb Foods’ management for realizing the need of capacity building of their field staff. He said that Solve Agri & Dairy Institute has played pivotal role in human resource development & capacity building of manpower involved in entire dairy value chain at all levels. He anticipated that participants will implement the learnings from this training in their workplaces and will bring substantial improvement in milk collection process. Mr. Faisal Nisar, Head of MCDS Haleeb Foods, appreciated the SADI team for arranging such a participatory training whereby participants took keen interest in learning and refreshing the best practices that needs to be implemented at various levels in milk collection setup.
In his concluding remarks, the chief guest Mr. Haroon Lodhi, COO Haleeb Foods, said that the company has a strong realization of capacity building needs of its staff and this training course depicts the vision of Haleeb’s management for sustainable milk collection & dairy services. He highlighted that Haleeb is keen to revive and strengthen its ties with the dairy farmers by providing effective dairy services and collecting high quality milk on sustainable basis. He appreciated the training participants for their strong commitment with the company’s vision and urged that the milk collection & dairy services staff would play foundations’ role in company’s success.
Later, Mr. Lodhi distributed the certificates among training participants.
Dairy Nutrition & Feeding Management Training Concluded at SADI
Lahore (May 7, 2016): Three days training course on Dairy Nutrition & Feeding Management has successfully concluded at Solve Agri & Dairy Institute in Lahore. The intensive training course was attended by 19 participants from all across Pakistan, aiming to understand science of dairy nutrition and learn the art of feeding management at the dairy farms. The course concluded with the participatory appraisal and certificate distribution ceremony today afternoon. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat chaired the concluding session. Present at the occasion were also Market Development Manager of Pioneer Pakistan Seeds Limited Mr. Ghulam Mustafa and Solve Agri Pak’s Sales & Business Development Manager Mr. Khuram Ihsan among others.
Sharing his feedback one of the participants, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor who is Territory Milk Manager at Haleeb Foods, said that the course has been extremely helpful in developing practical understanding of the how dairy animals should be fed. He said that SADI should offer courses with longer duration for more learning. Another participant, Dr. Roman Saghar – Dairy Specialist at Pioneer Seeds said that facilitators had made the course extremely interactive and participatory due to which boring topics like calculations and ration balancing proved to be easy for understanding and practising. He emphasized the need of such training courses quite frequently for enhancing professional competence. ICI Pakistan’s Regional Manager Mr. Virk said that interaction and participatory learning is what he will always remember about this course. He appreciated the course trainers for their supportive and interactive approach that has helped in effective learning. He stressed that SADI should continue engaging organizations like ICI and others for their staff’s capacity building as this is the need of the hour. While sharing his experiences another participant from Karachi, Mr. Anil – Marketing Manager of Doctor’s Dairies & Feeds said that this course has proved to be game changer for him in understanding the gross route level facts behind feeding in dairy animals. He said that the course has helped him in being better prepared to deal with their customers.
The guest of honor Mr. Ghulam Mustafa of Pioneers Seeds lauding Solve Agri & Dairy Institute said that SADI is first and only institute in Pakistan that offers unique hands-on learning opportunity for in-service professionals in livestock sector. Speaking at the occasion, Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat said that the Solve Agri & Dairy Institute has always been proactive to cater the growing needs of professional competency enhancement for the HR involved in entire livestock & dairy value chain. He extended his gratitude to Pioneer Pakistan Seed Limited, Haleeb Foods Limited, ICI Pakistan Limited and Doctor’s Dairies & Feed for providing their staff with learning opportunity at SADI. He further added that SADI does not only belong to Solve Agri Pak but belongs to the industry and all stakeholders are invited to get benefit from SADI in combined efforts of livestock & dairy development in the country. He urged the participants to pass on their technical knowledge to the dairy farmers that they provide services to. Later Dr. Waseem Shaukat and Mr. Ghulam Mustafa distributed the certificates among the participants.
It is worth mentioning that this course is scheduled to be repeated on May 18-20, 2016 for which registrations are currently open. Interested organizations and individuals can get in touch with Solve Agri & Dairy Institute.
Refresher Training Session for Nestle DDEs organized
A refresher training session was organized for Dairy Development Executives (DDEs) of Nestle Pakistan Limited at Pindi Bhattian on 27 April, 2016 under Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project funded by World Bank / International Finance Corporation. More than 15 DDEs from different regions participated in the session organized jointly by VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak at Nestle Regional Milk Collection Centre Pindi Bhattian and a nearby commercial dairy farm. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat and Commercial Manager Asif Ashfaq were also present at this occassion. Solve Agri Pak’s Capacity Building Manager Dr. Muhammad Rasheed giving a recap highlighted the objective of the session and said that following the DDEs training in January this year, a comprehensive plan has been prepared to support the commercial dairy farmers with involvement of international and national experts along with Nestle’s DDEs.
The international expert Mr. Jim Burrell emphasized that DDEs has got an important role to play in enhancing milk production at the selected commercial dairy farms, one of the key objectives of Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project. He gave the DDEs field assignment on effectively analysing a dairy farm and preparing improvement strategy in light of the observations. He talked about various aspects of dairy farm and how can one effectively assess the situation of a particular dairy farm. Later the participants moved to a nearby commercial dairy farm, Chohan Dairies, where they undertook the guided assignment. Mr. Jim Burrell and Mr. Khuram Ihsan from Solve Agri Pak briefed the DDEs about various aspects of the dairy farm analysis and helped them in farm assessment.
It is worth mentioning that VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak are jointly implementing Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project funded by World Bank / IFC for Nestle Pakistan Limited. Under this project, 40 DDEs have already been trained in two phases (November 2015 and January 2016) while in next two years 200 commercial dairy farms will be supported for enhancing milk production.
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Position will be filled on rolling base. Therefore, interested candidates should apply as soon as possible without waiting for last date.
Introduction to Modern Dairy Farm Management training concluded
One week training course on Introduction to Modern Dairy Farm Management concluded at Solve Agri & Dairy Institute. The participatory appraisal and certificate distribution was organized on friday afternoon. Incharge, Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) Dr. Muhammad Rasheed highlighted the key outcomes of the training and expressed his gratitude for the participants for showing great interest in the participatory learning through out this training course. Speaking at the occasion, Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat urged the participants to utilize the knowledge they have gained through this training course for implementation in their professional life. He highlighted that Solve Agri Pak is committed to deliver par excellence and add-value in the livestock & dairy sector’s development through a range of professional services including training, capacity building and advisory services while the company has also brought world’s finest brands in terms of provision of supplies for the dairy farming sector in particular. He said that Solve Agri & Dairy Institute has been striving in professional capacity building of the HR involved in entire dairy value chain.
Some of the training participants also shared their views. Mr. Mustafa Darwan from Afghanistan appreciated the extensive training program that has substantially clarified the basics of modern dairy farm management for him. He said that this training will help in setting up dairy farm business in Afghanistan and he will be in a better position to manage his business. Dr. Shehzad Ahmad Soomroo from Sukkar, Sindh (Zonal Manager Agri Services, Engro Foods)lauded the training organizers and appreciated the participatory approach. He stressed that the SADI shall also organize specialized training course focused on single topic in order to grasp more advanced knowledge for the specific segments of dairy farming. Mr. Muhammad Rafi Raza who is Field Operations Manager at Dairy & Rural Development Foundation’s USAID Dairy Project, said that the training has substantially improved his understanding towards modern dairy farming needs from an overall perspective.
In his address, renowned agri & livestock expert Mr. Hafiz Wasi Muhammad Khan urged the participants to consider this training as a door opening towards modern dairy farming knowledge. Chief guest Ms. Saira Iftikhar MPA (CEO Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board) appreciated Solve Agri Pak and the Solve Agri & Dairy Institute for their significant contribution in human resource development and professional competency enhancement for the dairy and livestock sector. She highlighted that the Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development is also striving for sustainable dairy development and urged that public-private partnership is the dire need for long term sectoral development. She appreciated the diverse group of participants who travelled from different parts of Punjab and Sindh as well as Afghanistan to attend this course and stressed that participants should contribute in sharing this knowledge with their co-workers and the farmers in order to enhance its utility. Later Ms. Saira distributed the certificates among the participants.
SADI gets recognized by Skills Development Council
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) has been formally recognized by Skills Development Council Punjab Lahore (National Training Bureau, Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training, Government of Pakistan) as a formal vocational training institute with a mandate to provide trainings in the field of livestock, dairy & related agriculture trades. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Rasheed (Incharge, SADI) said that this recognition is a milestone that will help SADI to focus more on skills development and provide market oriented training courses to the general public along with the professional in-service capacity building.
Nestle Dairy Development Executives’ training phase 2 completed (Jan 2016)
VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited have successfully completed second round Extensionists Training for Nestlé’s Dairy Development Executives (DDEs) under Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project funded by International Finance Corporation. This second phase of the training was spread over two weeks’ period from January 18-29, 2016 during which 40 DDEs from Nestlé Pakistan Limited were trained in two batches, each for one week period. It is worth-mentioning that VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak are providing services to Nestlé under IFC project including training of DDEs, development of practical dairy farm handbook and support to the selected commercial dairy farms for a period of three years. The first round of DDEs training was held in November 2015.
The training was conducted jointly by expatriate and local trainers including Mr. Anne Terpstra (Netherlands), Mr. Jim Burrell (Australia), Ms. Zita Rutchie (Australia), Dr. Muhammad Rasheed (Pakistan) and Mr. Hafiz Wasi M. Khan (Pakistan) at Nestlé Sarsabaz Farm and focused on Breeding & fertility, Milking, hygiene & mastitis, Herd administration, Farm expansion, Farm economics and cost price of production etc. The practical and hands-on training aimed to enhance technical skills of DDEs and equip them with adequate extension skills and tools so that they can effectively improve commercial dairy farms under this project. The participants were provided with ample opportunity of learning by doing. The group work, guided assignments and brainstorming sessions through interactive and participatory approach helped in effective learning.
Nestle Dairy Development Executives’ Training Phase 1 completed (Nov 2015)
VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited have successfully completed first phase of Extensionists Training for Nestlé’s Dairy Development Executives (DDEs) under Pakistan Dairy Supply Chain Development Project funded by International Finance Corporation. The first phase of the training was spread over two weeks’ period from Nov 16 – 27, 2015 during which 40 DDEs from Nestlé Pakistan Limited were trained in two batches, each for one week period. It is worth-mentioning that VetEffect Netherlands and Solve Agri Pak are providing services to Nestlé under IFC project including training of DDEs, development of practical dairy farm handbook and support to the selected commercial dairy farms.
The training was conducted jointly by expatriate and local trainers at Nestlé Sarsabaz Farm and focused on Communication & Extension, Forage Production & Preservation, Feeding & Nutrition and Youngstock Management. The practical and hands-on training aimed to enhanced technical skills of DDEs and equip them with adequate extension skills and tools so that they can effectively improve commercial dairy farms under this project. The participants were provided with ample opportunity of learning by doing. The group work, guided assignments and brainstorming sessions through interactive and participatory approach helped in effective learning.
Nestlé’s Head of Technical Mr. Naveed Ahmad Khan was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. Present at the occasion were also Mr. Rahmad Syakib (IFC Operations Officer), Mr. Haroon M. K. Lodhi (CEO Solve Agri Pak), Mr. Martin De Jong (Team Leader VetEffect), Dr. Sobia Naheed (Head of Agri-services, Nestlé), Nestlé Milk Collection team, national and international trainers and the training participants. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Naveed Khan appreciated the IFC’s initiative to develop dairy supply chain in Pakistan. He lauded the VetEffect and Solve Agri Pak for their services in the project and urged the Dairy Development Executives to leave no stones unturned in achieving the project targets.
Mr. Haroon Lodhi, CEO Solve Agri Pak highlighted the role of VetEffect and Solve Agri Pak as consultants in the IFC funded Dairy Supply Chain Development Project in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan. He appreciated Nestlé and IFC for taking this very important initiative that will have long lasting impact on Pakistani dairy sector. He urged the DDEs to develop full ownership of the project implementation in order to effectively pass on knowledge to the commercial farmers and help them improve as per project’s indicators. VetEffect’s Senior Consultant and Trainer Mr. Martin De Jong emphasized on the critical role of DDEs in achieving project objectives. He appreciated the keen interest shown by the DDEs in learning process and anticipated that they will prove to be effective in dairy development.
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) is Pakistan’s first private-sector training and skill development institute for dairy, livestock and related agriculture sectors, established by Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited. SADI offers both pre-designed as well as customized training and skill development programs for a wide range of target audience. Equipped with state of the art audio-visual training facilities, SADI brings-in experienced trainers with practical and hands-on knowledge from academia, industry and the field. SADI has established collaboration with national and international training institutes to provide value added training programs to our clients. The institute has collaborated with PTC+ of Netherlands, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore and University of Agriculture.
SADI welcomes all levels of livestock and dairy sector personnel, existing and future entrepreneurs to benefit from the wide range of pre-designed and customized trainings that we offer. Interested public or private organizations, dairy farmers, dairy processors, future and existing entrepreneurs, donor agencies and NGO's can contact us for the training needs of their staff, beneficiaries, clients etc.