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FAO, USAID Pilots Mechanical Shearing in Balochistan to Increase Wool Exports
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:15
Wool Shearing Wool Shearing
FAO's David Doolan explains the new approaches
introduced in Balochistan to Pakistan's Federal Minister
of National Food Security and Research Sikander
Hayat Khan Bosan
Handpieces: Project trainees use mechanical
handpieces to shear the sheep reducing the
time per animal sheared at least six-fold and
producing more marketable wool fiber

FAO’s efforts to modernize the Balochistan wool industry were showcased at the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in Islamabad on Monday, April 7.   The demonstration was attended by Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan, representatives of USAID, AusAid, and other donor organizations, NARC officials, and media.

Guests saw a wide range of sheep shearing equipment produced in Balochistan with FAO support: a mobile shearing shed, shearing tools designed for the Balochistan sheep which have lower lanolin content, and a grinder for the maintenance of the shearing equipment.  A group of shearers trained by the FAO Balochistan Agricultural Project demonstrated a comparison between the traditional and mechanical methods of shearing.  The USAID-funded FAO project also acknowledged two shearing instructors from Australia who have been helping Balochistan shearers improve their skills.

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Chief Minister Balochistan Endorses New Agriculture Sector Policy and Strategy prepared by FAO - Advises that New Policy Directions be Incorporated into the Next Provincial Budget
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:22

Balochistan Agri PolicyA meeting was held with Chief Minister of Balochistan, the Minister of Agriculture and senior Government staff on 26 March in Quetta to discuss the Agriculture Sector Policy and Strategy prepared by FAO with support from the USAID funded Balochistan Agriculture Project, and the Australian Assistance to Agriculture in the Balochistan Border Areas project.  Following introductions by the ACS, Mr David Doolan explained the intensive process of consultation  which underpinned the formulation of the policy document. These consultations included the farmers, the private sector, CSOs and Government staff and were held at both provincial level as well as in the various agro-climatic zones.  Mr Daud Khan, Senior Policy Expert from FAO headquarters, who had led the policy formulation then made a presentation.

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