An awareness campaign was organised in Shumer gewog, Pemagatshel on 18 January to uplift the dairy farming through self-help group (SHG) and encourage public participation and increase group members. The campaign was also aimed at encouraging others to take up dairy group activities and the role of youth in livestock farming.
During the campaign, farmers were sensitized on the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL) loans to promote livestock farming in Dzongkhag. The importance of fodder plantation and breed improvement was further stressed.
For nineteen-year-old Tsheten of Gamung village, it was a chance to interact with the livestock officials where he discovered that he can benefit from REDCL to build up a dairy farm. “I always wanted to set up a dairy farm, however I never realize where to look for monetary help,” said Tsheten. Memey Tenzin of Shali village said the campaign is timely as he can share thoughts to his school dropout children and urge them to build up dairy farms.
The Deputy Chief Dzongkhag Livestock Officer (DCDLO) stressed that in this 21st century, we should do away with the individual working mode rather we should work in a team in the community. He stressed that working in a group in the community can ease the working atmosphere, reduce the marketing cost besides pooling resources within the community. He said that we can increase the quantity of milk and products with increase in the group membership.
Similar campaigns will be conducted in other 7 gewogs of Chimung, Chongshing, Dungmaed, Khar, Nanong, Yurung and Zobel soon.
Reported by Thinley Rabten, Yonten Dorji and Sonam Zangpo
Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Pemagatshel
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