Towards the end of 9th Five Year Plan, a need for regional hubs to coordinate livestock development activities was perceived by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. It was realized that there was a potential of achieving higher by creating an institution to amalgamate the activities from different programs at a regional level before delivering to the Dzongkhags. Monitoring and evaluation at the field would be more convenient and realistic with an institution at a regional level that could view and analyze livestock development as a wholesome package rather than separate activities from individual programs. One such regional office was felt necessary at Wangdue for the five Westcentral Dzongkhags; Dagana, Gasa, Punakha, Tsirang and Wangduephodrang. Realigning of the divisions at the department level, restructuring and redefining roles of the erstwhile Regional Veterinary Laboratories (RVLs) was carried out.
An approach road to RLDC Wangdue site, worth Nu.4.6 million and office structures worth Nu.8.8 million was constructed under Government of India (GoI) project during 2007-2010.Staff from RVL Gelephu moved to RLDC Wangdue on 2nd July, 2010 and started functioning with new mandates. RLDC Wangdue was officially inaugurated on 27th of January, 2011by the then Hon’ble Sectary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen.
To facilitate attainment and/or sustainment of self-sufficiency in livestock products in the West-central region of Bhutan and contribute to maximize the sector’s input to GDP.
To increase livestock productivity in the West-central region by ensuring prompt delivery of appropriate technologies and services to the communities.
Each of the units under RLDC has specific mandates. Broadly, the overall mandates of RLDC are as follows. Liaise with stakeholders’ and relevant technical agencies for delivery of livestock development services to the communities of the region. Serve as a databank for all livestock development related information in the region. Monitor, evaluate and provide necessary recommendations both to central programs and the dzongkhags on livestock development activities. Provide technical backstopping to Dzongkhags to its capacity. Capacity development program for the field staffs. Propose or conduct applied research in collaboration with relevant agencies. Share and replicate successful initiatives. Ensure timely supply of inputs to the field. Serves as the channel for the project resource mobilization whenever necessary. Represent the DoL at the regional level.
RLDC Wangdue caters livestock development services to five West-central dzongkhags of Bhutan; Dagana, Gasa, Punakha, Tsirang and Wangduephodrang. These Dzongkhags comprises of 56 gewogs and covers an area of 10549.5 sq.km. Agro-ecological zone extends from alpine in the north to subtropical in the south with an altitude ranging from 300 to 400 masl. 220,204 animal heads are present in the region (2013)