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

-          1 Artificial Insemination centre

-          2 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 2011, livestock population in the Dzongkhag is 14702 numbers, of which 70% bringing to a total number of 10237 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 Centres

 

RNR Center without AI

3

RNR Centre with AI

2

Veterinary Hospital with AI

1

AI Centre

1

Staff

9

Caretakers

6

Livestock Population

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Local  Cattle

7643

7645

6865

Improved Cattle

3142

3370

3542

Yak

126

85

284

Pig

53

77

10

Poultry

6923

9378

11737

Horse

415

423

189

Sheep

381

107

107

Goat

80

107

62

Dog

584

929

426

Cat

1011

1509

752

Total

 

 


Figure II: Livestock Production data 2013-2016

Livestock Products

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Milk(Ltr)

1247739

1403663

1145380

Butter(Kg)

52262.10

65313.70

52461

Cheese(Nos)

214780.75

299623.98

295323

Egg(dozen)

929369

1088380

1501417

Beef(Kg)

135639

54350

56699

Pork(Kg)

4500

4110

2740

Chugo(Kg)

440.5

200

2008

Wool(Kg)

96.20

51,50

50

Chicken(Kg)

4675

6537

3048


Private farms (Backyard & Semi-commercial)

Dairy

Poultry

Pig

Fish

Pasture dev.

117 (2 Unit)

42

0

0

320 acres

 Milk processing unit

Geog

No.

Tangsibjee

1 (Functional)

Drakteng

1 (Closed)

Nubi(milk booth)

1 (Functional)

     Dangdung

     1 (New)