May 2 - 15, 2011

Solve Agri Dairy Institute™ conducted a four day 'Livestock Emergency Preparedness Training' in collaboration with Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab and Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited for the staff of LDDD Punjab on April 18-21, 2011. The batch was comprised of twenty participants including Veterinary Officers (VOs), Deputy District Livestock Officers (DDLOs) and Assistant Disease Investigation Officers (ADIOs) from Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Gujrat, Narowal, Lahore, Jhang, Khushab, Mianwali, Khanewal, Lodhran, Bahawalpur and Rahim-Yar Khan Districts. The four day training aimed on capacity building of the livestock officials and to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to cope with any expected disaster in future. The training was conducted by experienced trainers provided an opportunity of interactive learning and sharing of experiences with each other and mutually developing the strategies and guidelines for disaster preparedness and response. The training was conducted mainly by three resources which includes Mr. Saeed Ullah Khan, (LEGS master trainer is a development economist having diversified experience in humanitarian response around the globe in multiple range of natural and man-made disasters and is head of programs in Pakistan for NRC-Norwegian Rescue Committee), Dr. Muhammad Rasheed (an experienced veterinarian and trainer on a wide range of professional trainings having exclusive hands on experiencing in working in disasters especially with reference to animal disease outbreak handling and is Deputy Director of Animal Disease Reporting & Surveillance Punjab), and Dr. Waseem Shaukat (having veterinary background and experienced in working for rural development and disaster management on a broader scale and is Incharge of Solve Agri Dairy Institute™ and Disaster Liaison Officer in Pakistan for WSPA-World Society for the Protection of Animals). In addition to it, Ms. Laila Shahzad, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Dr. Salah ud Din and Dr. Sajjad Zaheer Malik also shared their experiences related to disaster management.

The inaugural session conducted by Ch. Nasir Ali (SAPPL Project Manager Dairy Hubs) was held on 18th of April. Speaking on the occasion Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Department's Director of Animal Disease Reporting & Surveillance Dr. Shahid Hussain Bukhari welcomed the training participants. The four days training mainly focused on livestock based livelihoods, their importance for rural economy, risks associated with natural and man-made hazards, preparation of emergency preparedness plan, disaster response identification and technical interventions, community involvement in disaster response, disease outbreak handling, data collection and evaluation of resources, rehabilitation aspects after livestock emergencies, equal gender involvement in disaster management, personal security & safety, report writing & documentation and environmental health & safety. The training also emphasized on use of recently developed LEGS (Livestock Emergency Standards & Guidelines) approach which sets standards and provides guidelines for livestock based interventions during disasters internationally.

The concluding ceremony was held on 21st of April 2011 for distribution of certificates. LDDD Director General (Extension) Dr. Irfan Zahid was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, SAPPL Chief Executive Haroon M. K. Lodhi said that with the increasing number of natural & man-made disasters worldwide, it is the time to prepare ourselves on modern lines for coping with any expected disaster. He said that SAPPL is thankful to the Livestock & Dairy Development Department for providing this opportunity to Solve Agri Dairy Institute to conduct such an important training for the LDDD officials. "Livestock is an important segment of rural economy and rural community is dependent on livestock for their livelihoods, therefore it is extremely essential to protect livestock during disasters", he said; adding, "I am very much hopeful that the participants will use the acquired knowledge and skills in their responsibilities to minimize livestock related losses in case of disaster". Director Animal Disease Reporting & Surveillance Punjab Dr. Shahid Hussain Bukhari congratulated the Solve Agri Dairy Institute for conducting successful training and said that Livestock officials have lots of responsibilities of protecting livestock based livelihoods during disaster situations. He emphasized the training participants to prepare a prophylactic approach based on mitigation and preparedness for disaster risk reduction. Livestock & Dairy Development Department's Director General (Extension) Dr. Irfan Zahid said that it is the milestone for LDDD to initiate such capacity building programs for its staff. He said that LDDD is very much committed in playing its significant role in protecting livestock in disasters so that affected community can get back their livelihoods. He appreciated the training organizers on taking such steps for betterment of this nation and assured that livestock department will continue supporting such type of activities for the capacity building and skill enhancement for its staff. SAPPL Head of Farms & Agri Division and renowned agronomist Hafiz Wasi Muhammad Khan in his inspirational address urged the participants to play active role in their respective districts for creating public awareness and preparing the community for coping with disasters.

Solve Agri Dairy Institute™ is Pakistan's first private sector training and skill development institute for dairy, livestock and related agriculture sectors.