25-27 November, Thimphu: With the new directives from the Ministry to accelerate livestock development for achieving self-sufficiency in livestock products, the Department of Livestock (DoL) is in the process of fixing the production and its related service targets over and above the 11th FYP for specific regions and Dzongkhags.
To discuss further on this, the officials including the Program Directors, Program Managers, Dzongkhag Veterinary Officers (DVOs) and Dzongkhag Livestock Officers (DLOs) among others under the Department met in a three day meeting at the DoL conference hall. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director for DoL.
During the meeting, officials reviewed the strategies to work towards commodity wise development particularly in terms of four major commodities such as dairy, poultry, piggery and fisheries. The strategies such as quality inputs production, farm intensification, product diversification with good marketing network, enhanced feed and fodder etc. will be followed in order to attain self-sufficiency in livestock products.
The meeting also refined the terms of reference for DLOs and DVOs and discussed various field issues among others.
According to Mr. Naiten Wangchuk, the Chief Livestock Officer, the Department has successfully achieved self-sufficiency in eggs and is now in the process of targeting to achieve self sufficiency for other products such as dairy, chicken, pork and fish possibly by the end of 11th FYP.
– Reported By Tshering Doma, ICS
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