Dairy cooperative for the benefit of farmers(7 November,2016,Kuensel)
A milk booth centre has been constructed and inaugurated in Phuentsholing town to help dairy farmers groups of Sampheling and Phuentsholing gewogs.
Representatives of the two dairy groups said that such an initiative would immensely benefit the farmers in the gewogs.
The chairman with Sampheling Miday Gonor Gongphel Detshen(SMGGD), Birkha Bahadur Rai, said the dairy centre would give them the opportunity to work and sell at counters that have better facilities.
“It would be easy to sell the milk,” the chairman said.
As the milk centre is located adjacent to the vegetable market, sales would be better, Birkha Bahadur Rai said.
SMGGD has 38 registered members. However, the group has more than 56 suppliers altogether.
SMGGD collects about 1,100 to 1,200 litres of milk a day. Registered members and other suppliers have about 150 cows in the group and the number is expected to increase, chairman Birkha Bahadur Rai said.
Yogurt production rescues farmers’ group(4 November,2016,Kuensel)
Dawa Gyelmo, Wangdue
A 28 member dairy farmers’ group in Thinleygang, Toedpaisa gewog, Punakha almost dissolved last year after they could not attract customers to purchase their fresh milk.
However, an idea to produce yogurt not only saved the group from being dissolved but are helping the members earn a good income today. The group produce the yogurt using the fresh milk they collect.
According to livestock officials in Punakha, the farmers’ group was initially formed in 2012 but there was a lack of activities to take it forward. The group was formed as an agriculture organic group initially.
Later in 2015, three farmers’ groups from Lemjakha, Henteykha and Lumitsawa in Toedpaisa gewog joined the dairy farmers group. “Initially, we started selling fresh milk in May but it didn’t sell due to lack of consumers,” said a livestock official. In September, they started producing yogurt, and started marketing it in Bajo, Lobesa and Khuruthang towns. Following this, sales began to rise.
Brokpas learn group dynamics to better manage rangeland(25 October,2016,Kuensel)
The sound of laughter fills the community hall in Merak village. Some 40 Brokpas (highlanders) are engaged in an intense exercise to solve a task assigned to them.
Seated in groups of eight, the Brokpas are asked to rearrange the formation of a fish made up of twigs in the opposite direction. This is an exercise to test the group’s problem-solving skills.
A loud shout goes up as one team manages to complete the task.
The team building training among the highlanders is part of a five day programme on social mobilisation for natural resource management began in Merak yesterday.
The course will cover group formation, group dynamics, managing conflict, building trust and drafting a group constitution and by-laws. A total of 120 Brokpa herders will be trained over he next three weeks.
The training is part of the new sustainable rangeland management and red pandas conservation project in Merak.
A cooperative in Zhemgang turns fallow lands productive(21 October,2016,Kuensel)
If all goes according to plan, schools in Zhemgang will have ample supply of dairy products soon. This is because a cooperative in the locality, Khengrig Namsum Coopera tive (KNC) group, intends to supply dairy products to the schools in the dzongkhag.
KNC was started in 2014 by 16 youth from the dzongkhag. The cooperative, as of today, has turned 99 acres of fallow land in the dzongkhag and produces pickles,and potato and banana chips.
To keep the farmers engaged in agriculture works and to meet their vegetable demands for the factory, KNC has formed farmers groups in Kikhar, Tali and nearby areas where farmers supply vegetables to them.
At least 32 acres of land in the dzongkhag are used for growing vegetables. The farmers in the area sell their vegetables to the factory.
To sustain the business the group has also leased seven acres of land from the people of Tama and planted cardamom. The group pays Nu 650 an acre as rent to the farmers annually.
To operate the factory in winter, the group has identified 60 acres of paddy fields in Goling village to cultivate chili in winter.
KNC’s chairperson, Thinley Wangdi, said that the main aim is to make use of the paddy fields that are left unused in winter. “People here do not cultivate anything in the fields in winter,” he said. “We will make use of the fields and farmers can earn some cash.”