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US and Engro Foundation assist dairy farmers in Sindh

Larkana, January 27, 2011: The United States is working with Engro Foundation to help over 15,000 dairy farmers in Sindh, who were affected by the summer flooding of 2010, to restore dairy productivity of farm animals to pre-flood levels.
 
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide nearly $1 million (Rs. 78 million) in micro-grants to farmers, reaching out to over 100,000 dairy animals over the next six months. Titled ‘Khushaal Livestock’, the project is in partnership with Engro Foundation and is being implemented by Engro Foods.
 
The flood-relief assistance is part of a long term, enduring partnership between the United States and Pakistan in the economic sector.
 
“Through the initiative we are launching today, we will help to ensure that the economic vitality of this area is restored,” Ms. Agnes Luz, chief of Party of the USAID Entrepreneurs Project, said at a launch ceremony here. “The dairy sector is a key driver of economic growth in the region.”
 
The initiative will provide health and nutritional supplements such as mineral mixtures, multi-cut grass seeds, and oat seeds, as well as fertilizers and vaccinations for foot and mouth disease, to help restore the health and productivity of flood affected livestock.
 
Sarfaraz A. Rehman, CEO, Engro Foods added, “Engro Foundation will be collaborating closely with USAID to speed up the rehabilitation of dairy farms from the floods.”
 
Entrepreneurs is implementing livelihoods recovery programs for more than 34,000 flood-affected small family-run businesses and artisans across the country.
 
About Engro Foundation
 
Engro Foundation, formerly known as the Engro Community Welfare Trust, focuses on the areas of sustainable livelihoods, education & skills development, basic services (health, water, sanitation and infrastructure), and disaster management.
 
About USAID|Pakistan ENTREPRENEURS
 
USAID|Pakistan ENTRPRENEURS is implementing livelihoods recovery effort for flood affected artisans, beekeepers and medicinal herbs collectors in different parts of the country, benefitting 34,000 families in total.