Medium scale Feed Mill inaugurated in the East

UntitledTrashigang: A medium scale feed plant was inaugurated in Namla by the Hon’ble Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Ministry of Economic Affairs on September 20.

The 32 ton capacity feed mill will produce cattle, pig and poultry feeds and will supply them to the six eastern Dzongkhags of Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar.  Over the past, the supply of concentrate feeds was quite erratic in the east owing to long distance transportation of feeds from other feed companies. With the plant, farmers can now avail feed at affordable prices and the company shall deliver the feeds to the farms wherever possible. Thus, it is expected to solve the earlier feeds related issues in the east.

The National Centre for Animal Nutrition (NCAN), Bumthang would be providing technical support in terms of feed formulation and quality monitoring of the feeds through laboratory tests in the country.

Concentrate feeds is quite crucial for enhancing the livestock production and productivity. There are 8438 milking cows of improved breeds (Jersey, Brown Swiss and Holstein), 19901 milking local breeds including “Zoms”, 71106 improved poultry birds and 1781 exotic pigs in the six eastern Dzongkhags (Livestock Statistics, 2014). They produced 12,617 tons of milk in 2014, the highest among the four regions.

The feed mill was partly funded by the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project and is the first public private partnership venture.

Reported by Jambay Gyeltshen, Program Director, NCAN

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