8-10 March, Bumthang: Forty yak herders (30 males and 10 females) from Chhokor Toe at Thangbi met to understand and form a yak cooperative. Chhoker Toe has two yak groups, Khendrock and Dhurdrock with 40 herders.
During the meeting, the selected 7 cooperative principles were discussed such as voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, members economics participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives and concern for the community. The selection for chairperson, secretary, accountant, board of directors and other management committee members were also held in presence of all the observers. The awareness on the benefits of forming a yak cooperative and joining the national level yak federation was further discussed.
More priority was given to the drafting and amendment of cooperative by laws based on the cooperative act 2009 and rules and regulation 2010. The members discussed on defining and setting up the roles and responsibilities of members, management committee, funds and savings, business plans, marketing, penalties and termination of members in details.
At the end of the program, participants formed a yak cooperative and named it as “Bumthang Chhokor Lanor Nyamlay Tshogdey”. The members were registered with the gewog and Dzongkhag Administration. Action plans were drawn in close collaboration with all the stakeholders for immediate registration of the cooperative by the gewog and Dzongkhag Livestock Sector (DLS) in close collaboration with Research and Extension Division (RED). The meeting was organised by RED, National Highland and Research Development Centre and DLS.
-Reported by Research and Extension Division, Department of Livestock
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