Inauguration of Regional Animal Nutrition Center (RANC) at Yangchenphu, Sarpang

May 14, 2022

Hon’ble Director, Department of Livestock (DoL) graced the inauguration of Regional Animal Nutrition Center (RANC) at Yangchenphu, Dekiling Gewog under Sarpang Dzongkhag on 14th May, 2022. The inaugural event was attended by officials from Livestock Production Division (LPD), DoL, National Piggery Research and Development Centre (NiRDC), Gelephu, National Poultry Research and Development Centre (NPRDC), Sarpang and Dzongkhag Livestock Sector (DLS) and the farmers from the local community.

In her key note address, Hon’ble Director emphasized that the farmers should now show resilience under the challenging times and play key role in nation building through innovative livestock enterprise development and through judicious use of the scarce resources the government provides. She also shared her aspiration and the benefits the newly established Regional Centre for Animal Nutrition (RCAN) would bring to the farmers. This is another step in bring livestock services to the doorsteps of the farmers. Timely testing of animal feeds and assuring quality animal feeds for the Southern Dzongkhags will be greatly enhanced as most of the animal feed analytical tests will be carried out by the centre instead of referring all the way to the National Research and development for Animal Nutrition (NRDCAN).

RCAN will also undertake subtropical fodder research and develop activities and the fodder seeds farmers groups will be greatly benefitted as Sarpang Dzongkhags has the highest number of farmers registered as fodder seed growers. As there are many commercial livestock farms located in Sarpang Dzongkhag, the center will cater to timely animal nutrition laboratory service related to testing of feed samples. It will also serve as center of excellence for generation of subtropical fodder technologies and fodder technology park. The center is established at the cost of Nu 4.8 million with fund support from Rural Development & Climate Change Response Programme (RDCCRP) project through Department of Livestock, MoAF.