Regional Livestock Development Centre, Wangdue

Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag

Background

Regional Livestock Development Centre, Wangdue (RLDC) is one among four RLDCs in the country responsible for providing livestock developmental services with its regional mandate. The center caters livestock development services to five west-central dzongkhags: Dagana, Gasa, Punakha, Tsirang and Wangduephodrang. The center covers 56 gewogs with an area of 10549.5 sq. km. The agro-ecological zone extends from sub-tropical in the south to alpine in the north with an elevation ranging from 300 to 4000 masl. 378,341 animal heads including all animal species but excluding cats and dogs are present in the region (DoL, 2019). A brief history of the evaluation of RLDC is presented in the Table below.

Year

Developmental phases

End of 9th FYP

The need of regional hubs to coordinate livestock development activities was perceived by the MoAF

2007-2010

An approach road to RLDC Wangdue site worth Nu. 4.6 million and office structures worth Nu. 8.8 million was constructed under the funding of the Government of India (GoI) project.

July 2010

Staff from RVL Gelephu moved to RLDC Wangdue and started functioning with new mandates

January 2011

Officially inaugurated by Dasho Sherub Gyaltshen, the than Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests

The center is located on the hillock at the eastern bank of Puna-tsangchu at an altitude of 1357 masl and within the geo-coordinates of N 27o28.128, E 089o54.198. The center has an area of 8.020 acres.

Mission

Our mission is …. To facilitate attainment and /or sustainment of self-sufficiency in livestock products in the west-central region of Bhutan and contribute to maximising the sector’s input to GDP

Vision

We envision…. To increase livestock productivity in the west-central region by ensuring prompt delivery of appropriate technologies and services to the community.

Functions of RLDC Wangdue

 Based on the recommendation of the Organizational Development Exercise (ODE) of the RCSC, the current functions of RLDC Wangdue include the following:

  1. Animal Health Unit

    1. Veterinary laboratory services
    2. Veterinary epidemiology services including disease investigation and control
    3. Clinical services including referral cases
  2. Animal Nutrition Unit

    1. Feed and Fodder enterprise development
    2. Promotion of feed and fodder technologies
    3. Initiate green livestock farming by developing improved pasture
  3. Specialized Services

    1. Support for development of livestock value-chain
    2. Support for the development of livestock enterprises
  4. Research and extension

    1. Conduct basic and desktop literature review research
    2. Production and distribution of extension materials

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