Improving the socio-economic condition of poor and vulnerable families through home-based cattle farming
The main objective of this project is to improve the socio-economic status of the poor and underprivileged families who have experience in dairy farming in Thambalagamam Divisional Secretariat and to increase the milk production in Thambalagamam region and contribute to the national milk production in the country.
It is noteworthy that following the success of the dairy cow farming project implemented in 2020 with 60 poor and disadvantaged families with experience in dairy cow rearing living in the same Thambalagamam Divisional Secretariat , this project is being carried out as second phase. 35 beneficiaries and their families will be benefited in this phase which will be implemented in 10 Grama Niladari Divisions in Tambalagamam Divisional Secretariat.
The launching event was held on 2nd August 2022 at Tambalagamam Divisional Secretariat. Divisional Secretary Mrs. J. Siripathi, Deputy Planning Director M. Mujeeb, Veterinarian Mrs. Perera, Senior Staff of Muslim Aid Sri Lanka and the Staff from Divisional Secretariat who directly related to the project participated along with 35 male and female beneficiaries. At the end of the event, a three-year memorandum understanding was signed with the beneficiaries.
Addressing Deputy Planning Director, “We are meeting with the second phase of Muslim Aid dairy farming project now. In the first phase, 60 families were benefited. Currently 35 families are going to benefit. Not only this, Muslim Aid has been involved in various humanitarian and development programs in Thambalagamam division for many years even though the country is in crisis“.
The Divisional Secretary in her speech, “Today is a happy day. Everyone of you are getting more than LKR 300,000 worth animals and goods. We are just as excited as you are. I’m working shoulder to shoulder with Muslim Aid staff in selecting the beneficiaries. I also express my gratitude to my staff and Muslim Aid staff. She said that in this period of financial crisis, Muslim Aid is carrying out such development work in our area“.
For Muslim Aid, immediate and long-term expectations of the project to establish self-sufficiency in the milk production sector in Thambalagamam area and making it a successful dairy industry are the long-term goals.