Three-days Coordination Workshop on Highland Development Program was held at the conference hall of regional revenue and custom office(RRCO), Gelephu from 13-15th January on the theme Promotion, Protection and Preserve yaks and highlanders.
The main objectives of the coordination workshop was to sensitize the highland dzongkhags and central agencies on the National Highland Development Program(NHDP), to draw 12th Five Year Plan of NHDP and deliberate the implementation of the current plan period, and to develop strategy of Gid eradication Program.
With the increasing number of highlanders preferring cordyceps collection over yak herding, the yak herding practice has been declining over a period of time. So as to promote, protect and preserve yaks and highlanders, the then National Highland Flagship Program(NHFP) was switched to National Highland Development Program(NHDP).
On the first day of the workshop, the participants were briefed on the objectives of the workshop and the overview of National Highland Development Program followed by the plans and activities for highland development. They also discussed and shared the prospects and challenges for yak development in eastern region followed by the presentation on the prospects and challenges of highland development of dzongkhag by respective officials.
On the second day, the overview of National Gid Prevention and Control Plan, Gid disease management under field situation in the context of animal health services in highland, National Dog Population Management (DPM) strategies in highland areas, Yak Product Diversification activities and, the issues and challenges of Yak development in Bhutan were discussed. Apart from Small Ruminant Development Plan and Activities, and National Yak Breeding Program, the concern on Mastiff and its breeding plans and activities were also discussed followed by group works.
On third day, each group presented on their respective topics and discussed about the yak health such as eradication of GID and the prevention and controlling of other yak diseases. They also discussed about the implementation of compulsory registration and deworming of dogs.
The closing of three-days coordination workshop was graced by Hon’ble agriculture minister and the workshop was organized by Research and Extension Division, Department of Livestock in collaboration with the National Highland Development Centre.
Reported by Karma Loday
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