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USAID and Engro work to improve milk storage network

USAID and Engro install 15 Chillers in three Sindh villages
Larkana, June 27, 2012- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Engro Foods will install 60 milk chillers in remote villages throughout northern Sindh and southern Punjab to increase incomes of small dairy farms. The first of the fifteen chillers was inaugurated today in Bagi Village, Larkana District at a ceremony attended by Mariam Riaz from USAID, Livestock owners, milk collectors, other stakeholders, and beneficiaries.
The chillers will help dairy farmers in remote areas in Sindh and Punjab to earn more income by ensuring proper storage of their milk. Milk is often collected and stored at homes and gets wasted due to the lack of proper storage. The chillers will enable villagers to preserve more milk and minimize losses, thus not only benefiting the dairy farmers, but entire communities. The USAID-funded Entrepreneurs Project together with Engro Foods will install chillers in rural areas of the districts of Larkana, Shikarpur, Dadu, Khairpur, Naushero Feroze, Ghotki, Muzaffargarh and Layyah.
“These chillers serve as yet another example of the cooperation between the U.S. Government and Pakistani organizations in furthering the country’s development priorities. We believe that this initiative will increase employment and incomes for hundreds of families in these ten districts,” said Agnes Luz, the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Entrepreneurs Project while addressing the participants.
The USAID-funded Entrepreneurs Project is implemented by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) and its local partner Engro Foundation. The project promotes public- private partnership with Pakistani private sector players to ensure that U.S. supported activities transform into sustainable businesses for the local communities.
“USAID and Engro Foundation are working together for the rural development through generation of entrepreneurs who will play a vital role in livestock development and in improving the quality of life of their households and communities.” said Mr. Jiwan Das, Director Engro Foundation.