Hands on Training on Improved Poultry and Piggery Breeding & Management for Big Ticket Initiative (BTI) clients of five West-Central Dzongkhags.

August 9, 2021

A ten-day hands-on training on improved piggery breeding and management and improved poultry management is underway at National Nucleus Pig Breeding Centre (NNPBC), Yusipang and at Regional Poultry Breeding Centre, Khangkhu under the Department of Livestock (DoL), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF).  Big Ticket Initiative (BTI) was started with support from the Department of Livestock under Ministry of Agriculture and Forest and the directives of the Royal Government with the following objectives to;

  • engage youths and laid off employees due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • to meet demands of piglet within the country
  • increase chicken, egg and pork production
  • reduce and substitute import of egg, chicken and pork
  • improve and revive the economy

Through this project, the Department provided free materials for construction of sheds to the BTI proponents who are youth and the laid-off employees due to COVID19 pandemic.

The training is being attended by twenty BTI clients from Chhukha, Dagana, Haa, Paro, Thimphu, Tsirang, Samdrupjongkhar, Sarpang and Samtse Dzongkhags. One Livestock Extension Officer from each Dzongkhag is also attending the training for technical backstopping and handholding of the clients in the respective Dzongkhag.

The main aim of this training is to impart the new BTI clients with basic knowledge and skills on pig and poultry farming with particular emphasis on managing breeder pigs and Day-old-chicks. This training is also aimed to serve as refresher course for those few who are already in pig and poultry farming but lack practical experiences. Further, it is expected that the hands-on-training covering mostly practical lessons inside the shed with live animals will ensure the clients obtain real-time experience in running a farm and managing the animal. The practicals inside the shed will cover all production aspects including farrowing, breeding, heat detection and record keeping among many.

Similarly, trainings for the Southern BTI Dzongkhags will also be held for piggery BTI clients at National Pig Research and Development Centre (NPiRDC) in Gelephu and for poultry BTI clients at National Poultry and Research Development Centre (NPRDC) in Sarpang. All the trainings are being conducted following due COVID-19 protocols.


NNPBC, Yusipang, Department of Livestock.