About Us

Livestock plays an integral role in the lives of Bhutanese farmers. Large areas of the country can only be used for livestock production, while in other parts livestock is an integral component of a deeply rooted farming system. In order to achieve the overall national objective of higher living standards for the Bhutanese population, rapid gains and high productivity is essential. This can be accelerated with good organization structure whose institutions clearly defines and focuses on important aspects of efficient productivity under varied conditions.

Ever since the planned development started, Bhutan was critically short of skilled manpower. Even now Bhutan lacks skilled manpower in terms of quality and quantity. Through the development phase, there has been replacement of expatriates who were assisting in many development roles, yet Bhutan has never reached a situation whereby there are enough for every need. Therefore, this exercise mainly focused on approach towards meeting development needs based on available capacity of established institutions. Accordingly institutional setup for the department is re-organised with priority towards achieving national objectives by boosting outputs from established institutions to achieve realistic results from the field with efficient delivery of services.

 

Vision

To attain food-security and self-sufficiency in livestock products through enhanced rural livelihoods to alleviate poverty.

Mission

To increase livestock productivity by ensuring prompt delivery of appropriate technologies and services through commodity based approach.

Mandates

The mandates of DoL are to:

1.               Develop sound policies, strategies and guidelines, to ensure efficient delivery of livestock services.

2.               Develop capacity of all programs and agencies including human resource.

3.               Mobilise resources for livestock development.

4.               Plan, co-ordinate, monitor, and evaluate the overall livestock development.

5.               Liaise with international and national stakeholders in areas of livestock.

Objectives

The objectives of DoL are to:

1.               Create enabling environment for farmers/entrepreneurs to invest in livestock activities.

2.               Enhance income generation capacity of rural communities.

3.               Enhance livestock production and productivity.

4.               Achieve greater food-security and self-sufficiency in livestock products.

5.               Improve the nutritional status of people.

6.               Develop appropriate interventions for enhancement of availability of feed and fodder resources.

7.               Expand the fodder resource base by integrating fodder, exploring rangelands and leasing in forest land.

8.               Implement effective and efficient disease prevention and control programs.

9.               Provide superior quality inputs to the farmers.

10.           Provide effective breed improvement services.

11.           Reduce the population of unproductive cattle the country.

12.           Provide interventions to increase production.

13.           Organise farmer’s groups, markets and marketing networks.

Institutional Setup

The technical linkages among the DoL institutions are represented in Figure 1 and the administrative structure is represented in Figure 2. The structure also includes Secretarial Services and Information Management Section, which can be identified with Administration and Finance Unit and Information Management Unit in DoL line institutions.

Divisions and their Roles

Initially the DoL had Livestock Health Division, Livestock Production Division, and Livestock Input and Supply Division. The DoL to focus on meeting the set mandates will have a redefined Livestock Production Division, Livestock Health Division, and a new Dairy Development Division. Their roles are presented hereunder:

Dairy Development Division

1.               Develop policies, strategies and plans for dairy development.

2.               Mobilise resources for dairy initiatives in the country.

3.               Facilitate capacity development for dairy.

4.               Coordinate, monitor and evaluate dairy development programs.

5.               Liaise with relevant national and international organisations.

Livestock Production Division

1.               Develop policies, strategies and plans for poultry, piggery, goat, sheep, horse and fisheries.

2.               Mobilise resources for livestock production initiatives in the country.

3.               Facilitate capacity development for livestock production.

4.               Coordinate, monitor and evaluate livestock production programs.

5.               Liaise with relevant national and international organisations.

Livestock Health Division

1.               Develop policies, strategies and plans for animal health.

2.              Mobilise resources for animal health initiatives in the country.

3.              Facilitate capacity development for animal health.

4.              Coordinate, monitor, and evaluate animal health programs.

5.              Liaise with relevant national and international organisations.

Information Management Section

1.               Maintain database of all the activities executed by the department.

2.               Maintain staff information of the department.

3.               Produce periodic reports of the department and submit to the ministry and other agencies.

4.               Packaging and publication of information including audio visual for the department.

5.               Regular update of the department activities in RNR website.

6.               Produce press release for the media.

7.               Promote ICT based knowledge management.