27-30 May, Samdrupjongkhar: Phuntshothang (Bangtar) under Samdrupcholing Drungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar is a highly potential area for fresh milk and other dairy products. Considering this, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector carried out the awareness cum training on self-help group approaches for its farmers with support from Drungkhag and geog administration for 4 days.
More than 150 participants attended the training. The main purpose was to make rural farmers understand on the group concept and concentrate on the group marketing of fresh milk to urban towns, helping them to generate cash income.
Having good road connectivity in the Drungkhag, the household milk production can be converted into an immediate cash income through daily sale of fresh milk to Samdrupjongkhar town. At the present, Phuntshothang have more than 400 households with 6 chiwogs which contributes milk to the group. The milk collection centre will be constructed soon and once it gets functional, it is expected to collect more than 1200 litres of milk daily.
As the geog is known for its rice production and purely agricultural based potential area, it is expected that dairy farming can be a part and play a significant role for people living around.
In the meantime, the sector is constructing collection sheds in each village in order to facilitate collection smoothly once it begins.
Submitted by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Samdrupjongkhar
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