Livestock officials discussed Gid disease

Workshop participants
Workshop participants

Thimphu: Gid disease is one of the main concerns for highland farmers; the disease has been affecting the young yaks of one to three years of age resulting in a serious mortality. As the yaks are the main source of livelihoods for highland farmers, the need to review the current Gid preventive measures and discuss its strategic approach was felt necessary.

To provide an effective approach in dealing Gid disease in the country A ‘Strategy guidelines for prevention and control of Gid disease in Bhutan’ has been developed based on the epidemiological knowledge gained and the changing field situation.

Therefore, to review the country’s Gid disease status, discuss and endorse strategy guidelines and prepare an action plan for the control of Gid, the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) organised workshop on 28-29 November 2015 at the NCAH conference hall, Serbithang.

During the workshop, six Dzongkhags, namely, Haa, Paro, Bumthang, Gasa, Thimphu and Wangdue presented the Gid status for their respective Dzongkhags. Besides, a case study of Hypodermosis in Yaks, key support areas for Gid and field experiences and issues were also discussed.

Around 37 participants including the livestock extension officers, Dzongkhag Livestock Officers, Dzongkhag Veterinary Officers and Livestock Regional Heads among others attended the workshop. Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director General for Department of Livestock graced the workshop opening and closing ceremonies.


-ICS with photo by NCAH



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