Four days training funded by USAID Agriculture Market Development (AMD) project was organized for feedlot fattening farmers in Multan.
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI), on behalf of USAID Agriculture Market Development (AMD) Project, organized 4 days training on “Construction of Feedlot Farm & Mechanization” for the feedlot farmers on January 24-27, 2017 in Multan. The specialized training was delivered for a group of 25 participants selected from 13 feedlot fattening farms in Pakistan with an objective to enhance their knowledge and skills related to feedlot fattening. The training focused on some of the important aspects including feasibility assessment for 500 animals’ feedlot farm, site selection, housing layouts, construction and farm mechanization for medium to large scale feedlot fattening business.
The training was facilitated and delivered by Solve Agri Pak’s technical experts and trainers including Dr. Muhammad Aleem Bhatti, Eng. Jamal Yousaf, Dr. Khuram Ihsan and Dr. Muhammad Rasheed. Participants were engaged through participatory discussions, group work, exercises, demonstrations and rigorous brainstorming sessions. This helped them develop firm understanding on feedlot fattening business’s core important areas of feasibility, construction and mechanization.
The training included both in-house sessions as well as field excursions at farms. Participants also had an opportunity to analyze and discuss several aspects for setting up a feedlot farm from the beginning. Practical demonstrations of various types of machinery that can be utilized by feedlot farms were also organized. Participants took special interest in exploring and learning about various types of machinery including Total Mixed Ration (TMR) wagons, harvesters, bailors, grinders & mixers etc. An on-site briefing was also arranged on operational matters of these machines. Participants also undertook various guided assignments during the training while they also delivered group presentations on the last day. Special evening sessions with meat exporters were also arranged on daily basis to enhance linkages and strengthen value chain.
The training concluded with the appraisal and certificate distribution ceremony held at Ramada Hotel in Multan Friday afternoon. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat and USAID AMD’s Livestock Consultant Dr. Dilshad Hussain graced the occassion. On behalf of the training participants, Mr. Iqbal Khan from Balouch Feedlot Farm Lodhran lauded the initiative taken by AMD project and executed by Solve Agri Pak. He appreciated the training methodology adopted during the training that helped in participatory learning. He declared the course as being the first of its kind that covered crucial aspects of feasibility and beginning of the feedlot farm. The course lead trainer and Solve Agri Pak’s expert Dr. Muhammad Aleem Bhatti appreciated the participants for their keen interest and involvement throughout the training program and wished them all the best in their successful ventures in feedlot fattening.
Speaking at the occasion, USAID AMD’s Livestock Consultant Dr. Dilshad Hussain said that the course was first among a series of training courses planned by AMD project for capacity building of feedlot farmers in Pakistan. He appreciated Solve Agri Pak’s team for successful execution of the first training course and anticipated that this training will add value in feedlot farming in the country. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat extended his gratitude to the USAID Agriculture Market Development project for providing this opportunity to Solve Agri Pak for organizing and conducting training courses for feedlot farmers. He said that feedlot fattening was a new concept in the country and had been slowly gaining momentum these days. Solve Agri Pak as the leading one-stop solution provider for livestock, dairy and related agriculture sectors has always been at the fore-front in new initiatives in livestock sector. This first and unique training, which will be followed by several other topics, will pave the road to success for feedlot farming industry in Pakistan, he said.
Later the certificates were distributed among training participants. Solve Agri Pak’s Capacity Building Manager Dr. Muhammad Rasheed presented the vote of thanks. It is worth-mentioning that next training will be held on “Selection and Procurement of Animals for Feedlot Farms” next month.Share