September 1-3, Lhuentse: The Dzongkhag Livestock Sector along with 32 (23 females and 9 males) trained dairy farmers conducted a demonstration of chuff-cutter machines as a part of the awareness on fodder conservation technology.
The program through chuff-cutter machines educated farmers on how to conserve locally available feed resources adopting ensilaging technique of feed conservation and thereby reduce the winter fodder shortages in the locality.
One of the participants, Rinchen Yangzom from Lingabi village said that “I am seeing this technology for the first time and I learnt it could be very useful for dairy farmer like me”. She shared that in her home, she spend more than 2 hours to chop a bundle of Napier grass but with this machine, a huge bundle of Napier grass can be chopped within a minute. She added that it is an effective technology and useful for us. With the machine in place, she hopes that she would earn higher milk yield by producing sufficient feed for her cattle.
During 2016-2017, the Sector procured 10 numbers of chuff-cutter machines on a cost sharing basis of 80%:20% from CARLEP and dairy farmer groups respectively. To ensure the proper use of those machines, the Sector invited a resource person from the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Trashigang to demonstrate the usage successfully. The training was funded by CARLEP. Today, more than 50 households are benefited with these machines.
In order to facilitate the sufficient feed resources and promote better animal nutrition status at community level, the Sector is planning to procure more machines for distribution to the core dairy farmers.
Reported by Phurpa Tshering, Asst. Dzongkhag Livestock Officer and Tshegay Norbu, Livestock Production Officer, Lhuentse
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