September 4-5, Trongsa: The Trongsa Dzongkhag Livestock Sector organised a program to reward the proactive members of the two milk cooperatives operating the milk processing units (MPUs) at Nubi and Tangsibji geogs. Hard working and motivated farmers were selected based on their contribution towards group sustainability and growth.
The event was graced by Dasho Dzongrab as the Chief Guest along with the Dzongkhag Sector Heads. It was aimed to revamp and revitalise the dwindling functions of the cooperatives, encourage improved dairy farming, motivate farmers for enhanced milk production and to create awareness on the importance of dairy farming considering the rising economic recession.
The program is the first of its kind, not only in the Dzongkhags but also in the country. The program will be an annual event henceforth featuring best group members. The reward program is expected to encourage others to emulate the practices and instill in them the greater will and wisdom to take part in activities that would help to improve their livelihood.
The Chief Guest awarded the prizes to the winners based on highest milk contribution. The first prize included the milk collection can of 40 litres capacity and a stainless steel bucket of 15 litres, second prize was a can of 20 litres and a stainless steel bucket of 15 litres while third prize was a can of 20 litres. Certificates of recognition were also awarded to the winners. The office bearers of the cooperatives also received prizes and certificates in recognition of their hard work and dedication.
The participants and the guests later visited the MPUs and interacted with members on issues and potential areas of development. The two MPUs currently produce milk which is processed into butter and cheese to cater to the project areas of Mangdechu hydropower and Nikachu. The Sector is also looking forward to diversify dairy products into yoghurt, ice cream and Gouda cheese in the future.
Submitted by Sherab Tenzin, Sr. Dzongkhag Livestock Officer, Trongsa
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