The Integrated Yak Service Centre based at the National Research Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries and the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector (DLS), Haa conducted the first ever yak herders primary cooperative formation training from 27-30 March 2019 as per the guiding principles set by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) with resource persons from Paro Dzongkhag, DAMC, National Highland Research & Development Centre (NHR&DC) and DLS.
The objective of the training was to form yak herders primary cooperative for effective rangeland utilisation in the region to enhance sustainable yak husbandry. During the training, the yak herders were informed about the status of cooperative in the country, the benefits of registration, development of constitutions, values and principles, key challenges faced by the herders as well as expectations leading to strengthening the bond within the highland communities as per the agreed by-Laws. The key purpose of forming a Yak Herders Cooperative is to build a Bhutan Yak Association to represent the highland communities at the local, regional, national and international level, serve as a platform for exchanging and sharing of knowledge/experiences within and with other highland communities as well as with other relevant stakeholders.
Haa Dzongkhag is under the ICIMOD project site of Kangchenjunga Landscape so having a dedicated herders association will address the policy dialogue towards formalising the Kangchenjunga Landscape yak’s network in promoting the transboundary cooperation on yak value chain development.
Currently, Haa has 58 authentic yak herders in three gewogs of Bji, Kartsho and Eusu with 39, 12 and 7 households respectively. The training was supported by BTFEC (DoL), DLS and ICIMOD.
Submitted by Golo Tshering, Integrated Yak Service Centre
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