Towards food self- sufficiency

The Govt. launched Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited last week

l Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

 

In order to achieve food self-sufficiency and to boast the production of livestock in the country, the government launched Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited (BLDCL) in Thimphu on Thursday.

According to the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, BLDCL is also to complement the development needs of livestock sector in the country.

“This is the third State Owned Enterprise (SoE) and it is to catalyze livestock and agriculture production in the country,” said the minister, adding that it will also help create more employment opportunities.

According to the Article of Incorporation of a public company, BLDCL will support the Department of Livestock (DoL) in production and supply of quality livestock inputs that are imported from the third country at the moment. And BLDCL is also to help in producing the products that are not produced enough by the department.

“BLDCL will also support DoL in exporting livestock products and to engage in value adding of raw livestock products like sausages, ham and bacon,” said Lyonpo.

He further mentioned that BLDCL will liaise closely with DoL agencies and Dzongkhags in marketing the products of the farmers. Moreover, he said that the BLDCL will put concerted efforts in developing contract farming system with livestock farmers and entrepreneurs in the production of all livestock products for domestic and export markets.

He added that BLDCL will commit to high corporate social responsibility (CSR) and to support farmers in earning better income through livestock farming.

DoL has also agreed to transfer livestock input production facilities of Samrang (Samdrup Jongkhar), Relangthang (Sarpang), Livestock Products Value Additional Center (LPVAC) in Serbithang and Bhutan Cooperative (B-COOP) shop in Thimphu to BLDCL for enhancing the production of poultry day old chicks, piglets, finger linings, goats (does and bucks), and dairy cows and heifers.

Lyonpo mentioned that although DoL has been achieving their yearly annual performance agreement (APA) targets comfortably, there is need to decentralize such input production interventions into a more commercial mode to benefit the farmers.

According to the officials, BLDCL will attempt to produce livestock inputs enough for domestic consumption as well as strive to export them.

The BLDCL will also create ready markets for products through contract farming system to enable farmers to produce more with higher confidence.

The chairman of company, Dr. Tashi Samdup, said that the country will be very soon self-sufficient in many of the livestock products. He said that their aim is to create livestock farming as one of the main sources of income for farmers and youth.

Meanwhile, many people said that establishment of such SoE is a very important and timely decision of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB).

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