Boosting Dairy Production In Syria

SYRIA - A new US$73.13 million International Fund for Agricultural Development - supported project will help reduce poverty mainly in marginal dry areas of the Syrian Arab Republic. The Integrated Livestock Development Project will benefit around 311,000 poor rural households: small sheep, cattle and buffalo holders; small milk producers, collectors and processors.
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IFAD will provide a loan of US$27.33 million and a grant of US$659,000 to finance the project under an agreement signed today by Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD, and Dr Adel Safar, Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Currently, the high potential of the livestock sector is threatened by external factors such as international market fluctuations, harsher climatic conditions and water availability, low animal productivity, high cost of feed and the underdevelopment of value-added products.

“The project promises to achieve important gains in animal productivity, volume of production, quality of collection and processing and market outreach,” said Abdelhamid Abdouli, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Syria. This will be achieved through targeted interventions to improve rangeland productivity and development of feed resources.

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