During the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 concerted efforts have been made to ensure that our rural development approaches are in consistent with national goals and objectives.
The total GDP contribution from livestock sector in 2018, by-Economic activity at current price stands at Nu: 7463.7 million which accounts to 4.46%.
Against the Departments goal to “achieve livestock product self-sufficiency for a prosperous and self-reliant society living in harmony with nature”, the Department during the fiscal year (2019- 2020) has achieved Dairy Self-sufficiency (93%), Meat Self-sufficiency (44.95%), Egg self-sufficiency (100%) wet Fish Self-sufficiency (24%). In order to realize the intended outcomes and outputs, the Department has developed and provided appropriate policy directives, strategies and implementation guidelines to help the end-users.
In the year 2019, the total milk production was 57,546 MT which is 1,639 MT increased over 2018 figure. Similarly, egg production was recorded at 141 million and Honey at 66 MT. In meat sector, 1926 MT of Chicken, 209 MT of fresh Fish, 1113 MT of Pork and 280 MT of Chevon was produced. Besides, 1,100 MT of fresh milk was exported to the neighboring towns of Assam, India during the year.
In order to achieve the production targets for the year 2019-2020, 6205 AI were performed with 1866 progenies born having a success rate of 30.1% (812 Male and 1054 Female). In the piggery sector, 4000 piglets were produced from Government Nucleus farms and 5000 from contract breeding farms and in total 9000 piglets were distributed to the farmers for pork production in the potential Dzongkhags. Similarly, in the Poultry and fishery sectors, 230,507 -layer Day Old Chick (DOC) and 712,390 Broiler DOC, 18, 31,667 high quality warm water fingerlings were distributed respectively to the farming communities in the country to enhance meat production.
To strengthen the production efficiency and productivity of the animals, 23 number of research activities were conducted under various livestock disciplinary areas. To provide quality Animal Health and diagnostic services, 12,790 tests were performed from 6,312 samples collected from the field. Procured 7,680,540 doses of livestock and poultry vaccines and produced 10730 doses of vaccines locally (9,530 doses of Classical Swine Fever vaccine and 1,200 doses of Anthrax vaccine). Animal health services has achieved 83.55 % in terms of client stratification rate in clinical services and reduced the incidences of zoonotic diseases to 28 zoonotic and 21 nonzoonotic notifiable animal diseases in the country against target of 31 and 61, respectively. For better accessibility and quality fodder to ruminants, Animal Nutrition sector has developed 1,480 acres of improved pasture which makes the total to 20,889 acres across the country till date. The sector has produced 29.62 MT of temperate and sub-tropical pasture seeds, 114.20 MT of oats, 45 MT of fodder maize and 7.42 MT of Tall Fescue.
Besides 1,042 bio-gas plants were established to promote green livestock farming practices to mitigate climate change. During the fiscal year, the Government has provided a total of Nu. 804.359 million. From this the total expenditure incurred stands at Nu. 757.47 Million With the financial achievement to 94%.
The Department is committed and shall strive to fulfil the Government’s aspiration to achieve greater self-sufficiency in livestock products in the country in the midst of emerging and reemerging issues and challenges.
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