New community AI centre for Nangmalam

Pemagatshel: A new community artificial insemination (AI) centre was inaugurated at Nangmalam under Zobel gewog on December 23. It will benefit around 96 households and help youths to earn income by providing the AI community services. It is the 11th centre in the Dzongkhag with an aim to improve the cattle breed.

Nangmalam community has 357 female cattle populations under the centre’s jurisdiction. The AI services will be provided by the trained community artificial insemination technician (CAIT).

The program was attended by the officials from Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, gewog administration and the community members.

Ap Karma is totally happy with this initiative. He said, “With the centre in place, I have now a dream to own a better jersey breed and supply milk to the milk processing unit.” One of the CAITs, Tshewang who is also the chairman of the dairy group hopes that his services will contribute towards the breed improvement in the community and enhance income generation in the coming years. He aspires to improve milk production in the community to ensure more profit for the dairy group members. Abi Tshomo is thankful to the government for bringing the service at her doorstep, availing which the earlier was tedious and time-consuming.

The program was funded by RLDC through the Commercial Agriculture Resilience Livelihood Enhancement Program, Wengkhar.

 

Submitted by Yonten Dorji and Dr. Narayan Pokhrel, Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital, Pemagatshel

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