livestock

VISION:

Sustainable natural resources for equitable social and economic well being of the Bhutanese people and the nation.

MISSION:

To ensure sustainable social and economic well-being of the Bhutanese people through adequate access to food and natural resources.

LIVESTOCK SECTOR OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS

  • To attain self sufficiency  in livestock products and increase nutritive value in the daily diet
  • Support for livestock production, processing, packaging and access to market
  • To enhance rural income from sale of surplus livestock products

Sector Strategies

  • With technical and financial support from projects and RGoB, will establish semi-commercial and commercial dairy, piggery and poultry farms in the gewogs
  • To sensitize on livestock technology for adoption by farmers through promotional program towards rural poverty intervention
  • Supply of more livestock inputs – piglets, pullets, breeding stock, AI inputs, pasture seeds, fodder slips and fodder tree seedlings at a subsidized rate
  • Support for processing, packaging and marketing of products
  • To upgrade skills & knowledge of extension staff and farmers by providing regular training/study tour in various livestock related fields and also provide adequate office equipments, infrastructure and other necessities.
  • To produce quality feed & fodder and to make availability of adequate feed resources to all livestock through improvement of feed and fodder production programme for betterment of livestock production.
  • Form more farmers group to promote common wealth and interest to ensure balanced economic development in the community
  • Organize demonstration/trials/field days/exhibition
  • Support in infrastructure development
  • Catering of animal health services to prevent and reduce outbreak of notifiable & other important livestock diseases through regular vaccination, clinical treatments and prophylaxis
  • Reduction of unproductive cattle

Livestock Sector Staff Strength: 11

  • 5 extension staff in five RNR-Extension Centers
  • 3 Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital
  • 3 in Dzongkhag Head Quarter.

Services Provided to Farmers:

  • Clinical treatment of animals on case by case basis
  • Vaccination of animals against wide range of diseases such as Foot and mouth disease, Black quarter, Anthrax, Rabies, Hemorrhagic septicemia, Swine fever, Newcastle disease, etc
  • Artificial insemination to improve the quality of the cattle breeds
  • Feed and fodder development
  • Establishment of backyard, commercial and semi-commercial farms with technical support from the RGoB.
  • Control of external and internal parasites of all livestock categories

The extension staffs also provide support services to the clients in famers training, conducting study tours, demonstrations, and livestock exhibitions to learn how to rear and manage better breeds of livestock with higher production with improvised management system.

As per Livestock Census 2017, livestock population in the Dzongkhag is 20,931 numbers, of which 70% bringing to a total number of 11583 are cattle and 30 % composite of horse, poultry, pig, sheep, goat, dog and cat.  The Dzongkhag has predominant number of local cattle because the farmers can easily rear under adverse climatic condition with scarce fodder, whereas the improved breeds like Jersey and Brownswiss require high quality feed with better management system. Although the Livestock Sector emphasizes in cross breeding of local cattle with improved breeds for better production but there are still significant number of local cattle population throughout the Dzongkhag. The awareness campaigns to educate the famers will have immense benefit to solve the problem.

                                                                         Service Center

RNR center without  AI 1
RNR center with AI
4
Veterinary Hospital with AI 1
AI Centre 2
Staff 11
Caretakers 6

 

                                                                         Livestock Population data 2013-2017

Livestock Population 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Local  Cattle  8221 7643 7645 6865 7616
Improved Cattle 2874 3142 3370 3542 3968
Yak 80 126 85 284 226
Pig 33 53 77 10  38
Poultry 5463 6923 9378 11737  6000
Horse 428 415 423 189 216
Sheep 328 381 107 107 132
Goat 8 80 107 62 92
Dog  529 584 929 426 544
Cat 988 1011 1509 752 874

 

                                                                         Livestock Production data 2013-2017

Livestock Production 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milk(MT) 1075.16 1353.86 1560.66 1404.98 1434.26
Butter(Kg)  77431 52262.10 65313.70 52461 65418
Cheese(Nos) 128667 214780.75 299623.98 295323 311417
Egg(mill) 0.62 1.08 0.81 0.75 1.13
Beef(Kg) 74712 135639 54350 56699 67490
Pork(MT) 1.45 7.50 4.12 0.35  4.90
Chugo(Kg) 416 440.5 200 2008 540
Wool(Kg) 71 96.20 51.50 50 49
Chicken(Kg) 140 4675 6537 3048 4729

 

                                                                        Private farms (Backyard & Semi-commercial)

Dairy Poultry Pig Fish Pasture dev
117 (2 Unit) 42 0 0 320 acres

 

                                                                       Milk processing unit

Gewog Nos
Tangsibjee 1 (Functional)
Drakteng 1 (Closed)
Nubi(milk booth) 1 (Functional)
Langthel(milk booth) 1 (Functional)