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Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on electronic (G2C) Livestock Service Delivery System

18-12-2020. A two-day Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on electronic Government to Citizen (G2C) Service Delivery System for the Dzongkhag Veterinary Officers (DVOs) and Dzongkhag Livestock Production Officers of East and East-Central Region is underway at Druk Zhonghar Hotel in Mongar.

The initiative is aimed at improving the livestock service delivery through reduced turn- around-time (TAT) and significantly improve judicious use of scarce livestock inputs including veterinary medicines. The idea of transforming service delivery system to electronic platform is to make it more accessible, accountable and efficient. This is a joint undertaking of the MoAF and MoIC, spearheaded by the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) and the Information, Communication and Technology Division (ICTD) and is funded through the Fleming Fund project.

The ToT for the West and West Central region will be conducted on 24th-25th December and the G2C is expected to be rolled out from the 1st of January 2021. The opening session of the ToT at Mongar was graced by the Program Director, NCAH, Thimphu along with the officials from the Department of Livestock and ICTD. A total of 25 participants attended the ToT training in Mongar.




Dedicated Royal Civil Service Award 2020

Dr. Tashi Yangzome Dorji, Director, Department of Livestock conferred the Royal Civil Service Award 2020 (Silver Medal) for 20 years of dedicated service to Dr. Kuenga Namgay, Chief Livestock Production Officer and Dr. Narapati Dahal, Animal Health Specialist.

The DoL family also would like to congratulate and convey our appreciation to all those livestock family members across the country who received the Royal Civil Service Award 2020 for their commitment and dedicated service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum.




VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Zhemgang is pleased to announce the vacancy for Elementary Service Personnel (ESP) for recruitment in Royal Soelbum which follows the Wangdigang-Sephu traditional migration system as under:

Sl.No.

Agency

Position Title

Position

No. of Slots

Criteria

1

Royal Soelbum

Animal Attendant

ESP

1

Bhutanese nationals within the age limit of 18-50 years

 

Interested applicants may apply to the Regional Director, Regional Livestock Development Centre in Zhemgang on or before December 31, 2020 with the following documents:

  1. Duly filled Job Application form with 3 passport size photograph
  2. Copy of valid Citizenship ID Card
  3. Copy of Security Clearance certificate
  4. Copy of Medical Fitness certificate
  5. Copy of No Objection Certificate (NOC) from current employer, if employed
  6. Application form can be downloaded from RCSC website

The interview will be conducted on 1st January 2021 in the Conference Hall of RLDC, Zhemgang at 10:00 AM and all the original documents should be furnished at the time of the interview.

For further clarification, please contact at +975-3-741240/741246/741249 during office hours.

-RLDC, Zhemgang




Capacity Building on Dairy Product Diversification for Highland Extension Officials and Haa Valley Yak Cooperative Members

3rd Dec 2020 to 9th Dec 2020: The Dairy Product Diversification Training was organized by Livestock Research and Extension Division (LRED) under the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests from 3rd to 9th December at Milk Processing Unit (MPU) Tshelungkha, Esu Geog Haa. This hands-on practical training on product diversification was attended by the Highland Extension Officials serving under Thimphu, Haa, Paro, Wangduephodrang, Gasa, Yak Farm and also officials from National Highland Research & Development Centre, (NHRDC) Bumthang. The members from Haa Valley Yak Cooperative has also attended this practical training with the officials. The resource person from National Dairy Research & Development Centre Yusipang, Regional Livestock Development Centre Wangduephodrang, Haa Dzongkhag and Brown Swiss Breeding Farm Bumthang were invited.

The training program was graced by Hon’ble Director, Department of Livestock (DoL), MoAF. The Chief from LRED, Program Director, National Research Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries Haa and Dzogkhag Livestock Officer Haa were some of the officials present during the opening of the training program. The main purpose for conducting this training was to come up with dairy products with proper levelling, packaging and for developing strategic marketing value chain for the highlanders.

During the opening, the Director informed the participants that it is important to have yak product diversification and value chain in place for marketing as a sustainable program for the herders for income generation for betterment of their livelihood. The other important messages shared was on the advantages of having our own capable resource person for product diversification. The Chief, LRED informed the Highland Extension officials that after this training, we should come up with a strategy to address all the pertinent marketing issues faced by the herders and to develop proper product processing and marketing value chain.  

The participants were engaged in receiving milk for testing and quality assurance for product processing through organoleptic and milko tester. During the entire training period, the products such as Gouda cheese, Quark Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Casiocavalleo cheese, Paneer, Rusgulla, Gulab jamun,Gee and Yoghurts were processed. All the participants have their plans to prepare at least product in their respective areas to address marketing issues. The yak cooperative members were also engaged in dairy product processing and created awareness on the importance of milk hygienic for cheese processing.

The training is supported by the Resilient Mountain Solutions Program, ICIMOD, Nepal and the National Highland Development Program, Department of Livestock.

Reported by:

Kinley Rinchen

Sr. LPO




12FYP – 2020-21 – Review Workshop

7.12.2020: The Department of Livestock is currently organizing a three-day (7th, 8th & 9th December 2020) review workshop at Punakha for the Central Programs, Regional Livestock Development Centers, and the livestock input farms to review the mid-term performance of all the agencies of the Department of Livestock. Considering the evolving situations including COVID19 pandemic and the subsequent movement restriction, the participant are critically reviewing the best possible ways in delivering uninterrupted livestock services.

The workshop will review physical and financial progresses made by each agency, revisit and review APA targets and take stock of the challenges and strategize a clear way forward. The workshop also aims to take advantages of the ITC under the COVID19 pandemic and improve the record and progress reporting system by instituting online record and progress reporting system. A data repository system of making all data accessible to all the stakeholders is also being discussed during the workshop.

The workshop will intensely deliberate and review APA targets, streamline 12FYP with economic stimulus plan, budget Utilization and re-prioritization of resources. During the workshop the participants will also review the plan documents, guidelines and prepare the Department of Livestock’s Vision Document 2040 in line with the RNR Strategy 2040.

The workshop is attended by all the Regional Directors, Heads of the Central Programs, Farm Managers and two Dzongkhag Livestock Officers of Punakha and Wangdue. The participants from the red zone areas are attending the review workshop virtually. The Department will also conduct similar workshop with all the Dzongkhag Livestock Officers in the month of January 2021.  All COVID19 protocols are being followed during the workshop.

 

Tashi Dendup

LPD, DoL




Sustainable Dog Population Management Program

Paro Dzongkhag

As part of the National Waste Management and Stray Dog Population Control Flagship Program, the sustainable dog population management program (SDPM) has been carried out in Paro Dzongkhag under lead coordination by Regional Livestock Development Centre, Tsimasham and jointly with Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Paro and Dog Population Management unit, NCAH Thimphu. Considering the increasing human and dog population in Paro and gateway to Bhutan, the DPM flagship program and regional office has prioritized Paro Dzongkhag as 2nd Dzongkhag following successful Haa model in achieving excellent progress. A total of 8218 dogs were counted in ten Gewogs during DPM survey, June 2020, out of which 51% are un-owned stray dogs and 49% owned pet dogs. The past coverage in Paro Dzongkhag is only 60% in stray population. A sustainable dog population management program content the sets of innovative modalities like 95% sterilization coverage through active involvement of community & key stakeholders, promotion of responsible dog ownership by regularization of pet registration, promotion of individual dog adoption and anti-rabies vaccination.

This is 2nd multi-sector community based program after successful Haa model in the region, May 2020. The 3Cs concept (Consultation, Collaboration and Commitment) is main driving tool to achieve maximum coverage and institution of sustainable program in Dzongkhag. A total of 2582 dogs were sterilized, 3314 vaccinated against rabies, 1175 dog registered with district veterinary hospital and 900 stray dogs were adopted by locals. With this 94% of stray dogs (un-owned) and 89% of owned dogs are sterilized and vaccinated in Paro Dzongkhag. Further the remaining 6% unsterilized adult dogs and 196 puppies are mapped and ear marked to Dzongkhag livestock sector for intervention at later stage. The way forward also includes sensitization of adopted dog owners, promotion of community dog adoption in schools, institution, firms, continuation of low scale CABC program and feral dog population management in Dzongkhag. A “Roadmap” will be handed over to Dzongkhag administration, Paro which will outlines the sustainable pathway to maintain a manageable free-roaming dog population in Dzongkhag through adoption, sterilization, and community engagement. This also includes the outputs, key activities, implementation mechanism, institutional arrangement and role & responsibilities of key stakeholders.

The final debriefing meeting was convened on 2nd December 2020 at Shambala Resort, co-chaired by Dasho Dzongdag, Paro and Hon’ble Director, Department of Livestock, MoAF. The meeting was attended by DT Threzin, Gups, and representatives from forest, BAFRA, municipal, NCAH, DoL Thimphu, RLDC Tsimasham, DLS, Paro and other key stakeholders.

SDPM, Paro is milestone achievement during this pandemic situations with all efforts from RLDC Tsimasham, DLS Paro and DPM unit, NCAH Thimphu. The campaign was implemented under strict COVID-19 protocols and funded by National Waste Management and Stray Dog Population Control Flagship Program, NECS Thimphu.

Reported by:

Dr Chendu Dorji

DPM Coordinator, Paro

RLDC, Tsimasham, DoL, MoAF 




Implementation of Gid Control Program and Highland Animal Health

4.12.2020: A one-day sensitization meeting on Implementation of Gid Control Program and Highland Animal Health is being conducted at NHRDC conference hall, Bumthang. The objective of the meeting is to sensitize the local leaders and the relevant stakeholders about the national highland development program and to garner support of the local leaders and highland communities to ensure effective implementation of the program.

The meeting is jointly organized by the National Centre for Animal Health, Serbithang and the National Highland Research and Development Centre, Bumthang. It is chaired by Dzongkhag Tshogdu Thrizin of Bumthang Dzongkhag. In the attendance are the gups of Bumthang dhey-zhi, officials from the Department of Livestock, National Centre for Animal Health, National Highland Research and Development Centre, Wangchuck Centennial National Park, Central Farms and Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Bumthang.  

The meeting will be followed by strategic deworming of yak-dogs against gid and other nematodal parasites and conduct of awareness program on gid and other highland animal diseases in Dhur, Nasphel, Gongthang, and Khangdhang villages under Chhoekhor geog for the highlanders who have moved down to their winter migratory destination.

Dr. Sangay Rinchen

NCAH, DoL




Exploring the potential of Total Mixed Ration (TMR) to address Feed and Fodder shortage in winter for Yaks and Dairy cattle in Haa

Funded by Kanchenjanga Landscape Development Initiatives (KLCDI), ICIMOD

25th Nov, 2020: winter feed and fodder shortage has been a challenge for the dairy farmers and herders over many years in Bhutan. The yak herders migrate from mountain to mountains for yak grazing in summer and only little forage was preserved for winter when they migrate down the winter camp. In lean season, the body condition score of all the yaks and dairy cattle decreases due to inadequate feed and fodder. However, unlike yaks, dairy cows were given preferences by the owners as they feel that yaks have stored energy that can be used in lean seasons especially during snow fall. However, in reality, we can feel and see that many young calves and weak yaks were dying due to starvation in lean season especially in bad weathers (Snow fall). The only solution to this will be the preservation of forage during flush season and supplement with mineral mixtures and exploring TMR feeding during lean season which is cheaper than karma feed and other feed concentrates.

In-order to explore the opportunities for animal’s proper body maintenance and increase production in lean season, TMR technology was introduced for the youths, dairy farmers and herders in Haa through KLCDI, ICIMOD funding. The prepared TMR will be fed to the dairy cows and yaks from this winter and it will be continued and data recording will be carried out in the field. For this reason, all the extension officials were sensitized and created awareness.

 

TMR is a total mixed ration formulated with required proportions of feed additivities to their nutritive values for feeding. The ingredient includes maize crushed, mustard oil cake, molasses, straw, salt and mineral mixtures. It is a researched technology that has recommended by the RLDC Tshimasham in the western region to implement in the field especially in winter for many economic reasons. It is also a simple technology that can be implemented at individual level and it is easier and cheaper than any other technologies released in the field. We can prepare TMR focusing for animals’ production, pregnancy, maintenance and also for general feeding. TMR will be a solution to reduce the cost of the feed and it is also a strategy to overcome the feed challenges during this pandemic situation. TMR can be stored for longer time and can be fed to the weak calves by the herders.

 

The Livestock Research & Extension Division in close collaboration with RLDC Tshimasham and Dzongkhag Administration has trained all the Extension Officers, Haa Valley Youth Cooperative members and herders on TMR preparation and benefits of feeding.   

 

 

Reported by:

Kinley Rinchen

Sr. LPO

Reporting from Haa