9 February Thimphu. Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the Kiosk, a retail outlet for dairy products from dairy groups and associations instituted across the country. The outlet is aimed at providing assured market for producers and an access to quality product for the consumers. Kiosk will be operated by the Youth Business Cooperative on public private partnership modality.
There are 153 functional dairy groups and associations which collectively produce around 30920 MT of fresh milk. With the subsidy support package for two unit dairy cows in 10th five year plan had stimulated domestic milk production growth by 8% per annum. Therefore, Department of Livestock intends to continue the momentum in the 11th FYP with major financial support services from BOIC.
Further, Department of livestock expressed their strategy to pursue ‘production by mass’ which will motivate small and medium scale farmers in large scale production of milk with assured provisions of markets with decent margin.
The dairy outlet Kiosk was dedicated to the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk for his 60th birth anniversary as a tribute from Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and from the entire stakeholders and citizens of Bhutan.
Finally Department of Livestock took the privilege to acknowledge the prompt support of Thimphu Thromde, Thimphu Dzongkhag and the Ministry and sister agencies for the constant guidance.
– Reported by Tashi Yangzom with photos by Tandin Norbu, ICS
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