NCAN initiates Fodder Germplasm Bank at Punakha

Establishing the  fodder bank
Establishing the fodder bank

May 25-28, Punakha: The National Centre for Animal Nutrition (NCAN) has established the Fodder Germplasm Bank at Toeberongchu in Baap geog. The program was implemented jointly with Punakha Dzongkhag Livestock Sector and RLDC Wangdue.

The bank will help to create a reliable source to supply fodder slips and seedlings to the interested potential dairy farmers in the western region for mass fodder production. During the four days program, about 4 acres of marginal land was brought under Napier (Pakchong), Paspalum and fodder trees plantation. The bank will also help to increase green fodder production by contract fodder production farmers and contribute towards addressing the fodder shortages to enhance milk production. The program is one of the various measures taken by NCAN to support potential dairy farmers for attaining self-sufficiency in fodder resources.

The 23rd batch of diploma students (Animal Science) from the College of Natural Resources, Lobeysa were also actively involved in practical training to establish the successful contract fodder bank.

 Leki Dorji and Chimi Rinzin, NCAN

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