First Yak Federation in the country

8th April, 2021: A four day consultative meeting was carried out at the National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC) in Bumthang for the formation of the first ever Yak Federation in the country 5th to 8th April, 2021. The meeting was attended by participants from the yak cooperatives, the Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector with highland communities in their jurisdiction, Regional Livestock Development Centers (RLDCs), NHRDC, Livestock Production Division and the Livestock Research and Extension Division.

The formation of the yak federation is to promote yak farming as a vibrant and sustainable program for highlanders. The federation will ensure aggregation, standardization, quality assurance and cooperative marketing of yak products as well as developing the brand value of Bhutanese yak products nationally and globally. The other important benefit of forming a federation will be the empowerment of the highland communities in terms of governance and decision making for the improvement and sustainability of their livelihoods and their living environment. 

The meeting saw presentations by the Chairperson and the Board of Directors on the progress, achievements, challenges and recommendations on all the yak cooperatives in the country. During the course of the meeting, by laws were drafted for the governance of the federation and action plans adopted to come up with product identification, processing, standardization, labelling and marketing. Other activities such as livelihood support, yak nutrition and health were also prioritized and planned accordingly. The meeting agreed that henceforth all yak development activities for herders will be monitored and planned by the federation in close consultation with relevant stakeholders. The election of the office bearers for the federation was also carried out as per the Cooperative Act of Bhutan 2009 and bonds were signed by the elected leaders of the federation.

The meeting was organized by the Department of Livestock (DoL) and co-funded by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

Reported by:

Livestock Research & Extension Division

Department of Livestock