Dateline Peshawar Report
PESHAWAR: A month-long training program on Artificial Insemination (AI) for veterinary field assistants of Orakzai Agency, under the Fata Secretariat Special Project (FSSP), started at Animal Husbandry and Services Training Institute (AHSTI) district Peshawar.
The training workshop was formally inaugurated by Additional Political Agent Orakzai Agency, Naeem Anwar, which aimed at to make vet assistants of livestock department specialized in area of artificial insemination, enable them to provide free of cost services to the community, to improve milk and meat production of the livestock. After getting training, the participants will also be provided with practical knowledge to increase the livestock yield through cross breeding to produce a high yield species. Around 25 veterinary field assistants of livestock department Orakzai Agency will participate in the training program, which will last for 45 days at AHSTI district Peshawar.
Naeem Anwar, while addressing at inaugural session said that the program has been devised on need basis, under the FSSP, to give special training to young veterinary field assistants about artificial insemination. The animals infertility rate very high in the tribal agency, due to lack of appropriate knowledge and experience AI.
The agency Additional Political Agent expressed the hope that the training would helpful to resolve many issues relating to health and other diseases, after obtaining useful knowledge and practical expertise to veterinary assistants in AI. He furthermore said the training would be supportive to improve production of milk and meat yield of the local farmers in Orakzai ageny.
Khalid Usman Wazir, Deputy Team Leader of FSSP shared that the project has been focusing on Multi-Sectoral and Infrastructure development activities, where one of the component includes development of livestock and dairy sector, which is now being implemented in Orakzai, Kuram and South Waziristan agencies respectively. Mr Khalid added that the training program has been designed to address the identified need after noticing the growing infertility ratio of animals, by livestock department in the Orakzai agency, due to lack of expertise of the deputed veterinary staff, to overcome this challenge.
The official further informed that besides parting training to Veterinary Field Assistants, Tool-Kits would also be distributed among them, to equip and enable them to practically provide the service of artificial insemination to the locals and to let them know about related modern techniques and methods. He said the milk and meat production along with physical structure of animals would be improved in the tribal agency.
Dr Khalid Younis, Assistant Director Livestock department Orakzai agency, stated that the animal infertility issue is very common in the tribal agency. He shared that earlier the local would bring their animals to Veterinary Centre District Kohat, for the procedure of artificial insemination, which was costly for the most of the cattle owners who would pay Rs.2,500/- per animal. He said the veterinary field assistants will benefit from this training and the main objective of the training will also be achieved which is breed improvement and efficient yield of Milk and Meat and as a result to improve the livelihood of the local farmers. Moreover, the animal physical structure improvement would also result. He informed that the Livestock department Orakzai agency, in collaboration with Fata Secretariat vaccinated more than 7,000 cattle to prevent various related diseases.
The AHSTI principal, Syed Bashir Ahmad Shah also spoke on the occasion, stressed upon the participants to fully concentrate on the training and should apply treatment methodology regarding artificial insemination of animals, to prevent the growing infertility ratio in Orakzai agency.