30 June, 2014, Autsho, Lhuentse: A 3 days training on “Basic Management Skills on Poultry and Piggery Farming ” for School Agriculture Programme (SAP) teachers and commercial poultry farm entrepreneurs under Lhuentse Dzongkhag concluded on 30 June 2014. The training was jointly organised by RLDC Khangma, RPPBC Lingmethang and NPDC Sarpang under Department of Livestock, MoAFs from 28 to 30 June, 2014 at Autsho, Lhuentse.
The training, which happens to be the first of its kind to be organised for School Teachers, was attended by 34 participants from schools under Lhuentse dzongkhag and semi-commercial and commercial poultry farmers.
The training programme is intended to provide basic knowledge and technical skills in the areas of Poultry and Pig Feeding, Housing, Management and Health Care. The knowledge imparted through this training is to facilitate better management of poultry in scientific lines which in turn will improve their productivity.
Over the last few years in the eastern region, Poultry Farming has become one of the most important subsidiary occupations of the farming community in rural east Bhutan supported by the AMEPP and MAGIP projects. The region has achieved almost 100% egg self sufficiency. It has also played a significant role in the eradication of malnutrition and poverty as well as opening up new opportunities of employment and livelihood in poultry sector.
Starting from FY 2013-14, almost all schools under Lhuentse Dzongkhag have initiated rearing poultry as one of the important School Agriculture Program in schools supported by the CoRRB and the Department of Livestock. The “Three Eggs per student per week” advocacy by the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, as a new approach of supplementing nutrition through poultry rearing has re-vitalised poultry farming education and learning in schools.
The training is being facilitated by officials with appropriate expertise from National Poultry Development Centre, Sarpang; Regional Pig and Poultry Breeding Centre; Lingmethang; RLDC Khangma under the Department of Livestock; and District Veterinary Hospitals.
– Submitted by: Dr. Tshering Dorjee, Program Director, RLDC Khangma
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