GRASP alleviates poverty, strengthens small businesses in Balochistan




By Rafiullah Mandokhail


ZHOB: “The participation of women in a male-dominated society in a training workshop is a step towards progress. No doubt behind every successful man is a woman. Women making up almost 50 percent of the country’s population, having the potential to prove their mettle in every field of life,” said speakers at a two-day training workshop on ‘Micro Agro Entrepreneurship’ for male and female farmers, organized by the International Trade Center under its EU-funded GRASP project. Fifty men and women farmers attended the workshop held at Circuit house here.

Trainers Dr. Farida Kibzai, Empowerment Thru Creative Integration (ECI) Coordinator Muhammad Nawaz, SME Development Specialist Atta-ur-Rehman and GM National Commission for Human Development A. Razzaq Kakar trained the participants in agriculture, livestock and business activities.

Principle Taleem Foundation Syeda Zobaria Kazmi, EU representative Abdul Samad Harifal and Deputy Director Livestock Dr. Naseebullah Kakar while speaking expressed appreciation concerning keen interest of women in the business, agriculture and livestock sectors.

SME Development Specialist Atta-ur-Rehman said, funded by the EU and implemented by ITC in collaboration with ECI, the ‘Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress’ (GRASP) project promotes agriculture and livestock sectors, trains male and female farmers, increases agricultural production, provides seed fertilizers and matching grants to eligible people for business.

“From the horticulture products, onion, grapes, and olive have been short listed, while among the livestock products goats and sheep have been finalized for the project,” he said.

Dr. Naseebullah Kakar also briefed the female participants on the importance of uncontaminated milk and the harmful effects of contaminated milk. At the end of the training workshop, certificates were distributed to all of the participants.