USAID distributes motorcycles among dairy technicians

Ali Zain 09:49 AM | 6 Oct, 2016
USAID distributes motorcycles among dairy technicians
LAHORE - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Punjab director, along with former federal finance minister and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) chairman, distributed motorcycles to 43 dairy sector technicians at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences on Wednesday.

The newly trained artificial insemination technicians received motorcycles on a cost-share basis under the USAID Dairy Project, enabling technicians to provide local farmers in outlying villages with timely and affordable breed improvement services.

"As one of the world's largest milk producers, Pakistan's dairy sector offers tremendous potential for the nation's economic growth. Today's graduates will be pivotal in shaping the future of this sector as well as the country as a whole," said USAID representative Alyson McFarland.

Through the dairy project, DRDF was transforming the dairy sector by promoting breed improvement, skill development, and best dairy farming practices, said DRDF Chairman Dr Salman Shah.

"Our combined efforts will help maximize Pakistan's livestock and dairy production," he asserted.

Speaking on the occasion, UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the university is collaborating with the USAID Dairy Project to transform its technology and knowledge into smallholders and rural women for development of dairy and livestock sector in Pakistan.

USAID's five-year dairy project, worth $21 million, has impacted the lives of over 36,000 small dairy farmers by improving livestock productivity and increasing their income by at least 10 percent. The project has made great advances in fostering sustainable dairy farm practices, resulting in a 17 percent increase in the average milk yield and generating more than 8,000 employment opportunities for rural men and women.

Nestle Pakistan Chairman Syed Yawar Ali, USAID Punjab Senior Development Advisor Sajjad Moghal also attended today's event. Other attendees included DRDF CEO Ahmad Sajjad, Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) Managing Director Sajid Naseer, USAID Dairy Project Chief Jacob Moser and field operations incharge Qaiser Maqsood.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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