Handing Taking Ceremony of the Effective Microorganism Technology (EMT) model poultry farm, Tsirang

14th January 2022: The JICA Bhutan Office handed over the infrastructure (EMT model poultry farm) and facilities (EM activator plant, equipment) based in Tsirang Dzongkhag to the Department of Livestock.  The project titled “Effective Microorganism Technology (EMT) in a poultry farm in Tsirang- A collaborative project between the Department of Livestock and Miyagi Farm Co., Okinawa, Japan” was conceptualized and implemented for three years starting in 2019 with technical expertise and fund support from Miyagi Farm Co., and JICA. The main objective of the project was to introduce the EM solution technologies in poultry farming as an intervention to increase production efficiency, explore avenues to utilize local resources for poultry feed production and facilitate in improving farm management practices through training and on-farm exposure trip of poultry farmers to the model farm in Tsirnag.

The model farm in Tsirang has been functioning as a knowledge and demonstration center after its operation since March 2020, where the poultry farmers from in and around Tsirang Dzongkhag and students are visiting the farm to learn about EM application in poultry farming and its best management practices. During the ceremony, Director, DoL thanked JICA and Miyagi Farm for the financial and technical support in ensuring the EM technology works well in the Bhutanese farming context and also training the poultry farmers and livestock officials on EM solution application and farm management practices. She reiterated that such interventions will go a long way in revolutionizing the poultry industry as clean, odorless farming to engage youth in Bhutan. Considering the production efficiency in poultry farming from the application of EM solution, the Department of Livestock shall replicate the technology to other Dzongkhags with continued technical and financial support from JICA and Miyagi Farm.

The Chief Representative, JICA Bhutan Office expressed his deep appreciation to the Department of Livestock and Miyagi Farm Co. for implementing the project successfully despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He informed that JICA shall continue to support the Department and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in every possible way to sustain the project impact and replication of the EM technology to other Dzongkhags through technical and financial support.

The handing-taking ceremony was attended by Mr. WANTANABE Kozo,  Chief Representative, from JICA Bhutan Office and Dr. Tashi Yangzome Dorji, Director, Department of Livestock, MoAF, officials from JICA, Bhutan Office and DoL and with virtual attendance of Miyagi Farm Co. team and JICA official, from Okinawa, Japan, DLO, Tsirang and staff of the EMT model farm, Bhutan.




Nationwide Free-roaming dog survey (29 – 30th December 2021)

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Nationwide Free-roaming dog survey (29 – 30th December 2021)

As a part of the nationwide Accelerated Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Program (NADPM & RCP), the Department of Livestock in collaboration with the De-suung Office, Local Government and relevant stakeholders carried out the nationwide free-roaming dog survey on the 29 and 30th December 2021 covering 19 Dzongkhags, Throms and 197 Gewogs, excluding Thimphu Dzongkhag and Throm (completed earlier). The main objective of the free-roaming dog survey was to obtain baseline information on the free-roaming dog population to enable effective planning and successful implementation of the nationwide sterilization program. The free-roaming dog population will give us the basis to calculate the exact number of clinics, the number of surgeons, nurses, welfare assistants, equipment, vaccines and medicines, logistics and budget required to roll out nationwide sterilization of unneutered free-roaming dogs and mass dog vaccination against rabies in mid-March, 2022.

The bar graph and the map below (please insert map below) show the figure from the two days nationwide free-roaming dog population survey. A total of  72,621 free-roaming dogs were counted; out of which, about (26951) 37% were owned free-roaming dogs and (45670) 63% unowned free-roaming dogs, of which (44038) 60.6% of them were unneutered.

Paro dzongkhag recorded the highest number of free-roaming dogs and unneutered dogs followed by Trashigang, Samtse and Mongar Dzongkhags. Despite the harsh weather conditions due to rain and snowfall, the enumerators comprising 403 livestock officials and 2,500 De-suups ensured that no dogs were left uncounted and unrecorded. The nationwide free-roaming dog survey will be followed by On-The-Job Training (OJT) for De-suups to train them on animal welfare, shelter management, dog handling and catching; and livestock officials on Catch Neuter Release and Vaccinate (CNVR) protocol.  The OJT shall start from January 2022 till the first week of March 2022, following which a total of about 3000 De-suups and 266 livestock officials would be trained for the upcoming national campaign. By the end of January 2022, all the pet dogs in 19 Dzongkhags shall be microchipped, registered and the communities advocated on Responsible Pet Ownership and the penalties for non-compliance as per the Livestock Act of Bhutan 2001 and the Livestock Rules and Regulations of Bhutan2017.

The ongoing NADPM&RCP is being pursued at a large scale and in an accelerated mode to achieve 100% sterilization coverage in free-roaming dogs in the country within 2 weeks. It will be a whole nation approach involving De-suung and other relevant stakeholders. Through this program, intensified vaccination campaigns against rabies shall also be conducted in all the rabies high-risk areas in the country to achieve the global goal of “Zero by 30”; i.e. to eliminate human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.