PACE (Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprise), a special scheme on cow rearing, is basically a value chain development project on income augmentation and employment creation of entrepreneurs through cow rearing in the Chore regions. SSS has been putting this project into action through 15 branches under five upazilas of Tangail since July 2015 with the prime goal of increasing income, creating employment and diminishing both present and future milk deficiency in the national level, financed by PKSF.
The major activities of the project comprise:
- Increasing skill and income of the entrepreneurs,
- Increasing milk production and crossbreeding,
- Increasing the supply of green grass,
- Enhancing primary healthcare through creating LSP (Livestock Service Provider),
- Setting milk market locally and smoothing the marketing,
- Reducing cow mortality rate and doubling the number of crossbreeding cows.
There are a couple of sub-projects under the PACE project, i.e. Creating Employments through Setting up Commercial Farms of Indigenous Chickens (value chain development) and High-valued Fruit (Dragon) Cultivation Extension projects.
Creating Employments through Setting up Commercial Farms of Indigenous Chickens (value chain development) Project
SSS has been implementing this project aiming at setting up commercial farms on native hens and increasing the supplies of eggs and meats in Tangail through Bhuapur, Gopalpur, Gobindashi and Falda branches since July 2017 financed by PKSF.
Activities: Important activities of this project are: Arranging of orientation, meeting and seminar, training and workshop; Organizing view sharing meeting with the entrepreneurs to the material suppliers, hatchery owners, feeds producers, medicine and vaccine suppliers and marketing representatives; Setting to arrange exposure visit on ideal farms on native hens; Providing the farmers with progenitor cocks to increase fertility of eggs; Setting up demo farms on native hens and so on.
High-valued Fruit (Dragon) Cultivation Extension
A sub-project under PACE project is: High-valued Fruit (Dragon) Cultivation Extension at the Entrepreneur Level activities. SSS took up this project financed by PKSF in July 2017. Project area is in the peripheries of the Charabari and Dainna branches under Tangail sadar.
Activities: The major activities under the project are: staff orientation, capacity building training, procurement and packaging training, setting up demo farms, producing vermi-compost plants, arranging field days, exposure visits and so on.