Fodder Block Processing Unit inaugurated at Gunitsawa

pic from phone 376November 7, Paro: To commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Paro inaugurated the Fodder Block Processing Unit at Gunitsawa.

The Chief Guest of the occasion, Mr. Naiten Wangchuk, the Chief from the Department of Livestock stressed on the importance of the highlanders on retaining yak farming not only for sustaining their livelihood but also for the sovereignty and security of the country. He informed the highlanders that the government will do its best to provide necessary support to retain yak farming practices in the country. He also highlighted on the opportunities that the yak farming communities have particularly in the eco-tourism sector and their contribution to conserving the environment.

According to the Dzongkhag Livestock Officer, the plant is being established to help the yak herders of Soeyaksa and Nubri communities meet their fodder requirement during the fodder scarcity period (winter months). The plant is expected to convert large volume straws into small and compact portable blocks that can be easily transported to the yak rearing areas. The nutritional value of the straws shall also be enhanced by addition of vitamins and minerals into the fodder blocks. It is also expected that the horseman trekking along the tourist treks in these two communities will also be benefited by the facility.

The unit was established with Nu. 1.6M provided by the High Altitude Northern Areas Project under the National Centre for Animal Nutrition, Bumthang.

Submitted by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Paro

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