Tur­key Farm­ing in Tsir­ang Dzongkhag

Bhutan Times - - Home - (Con­trib­uted By: Dr. Karma Wangdi, Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, NPDC, Sarpang)

Un­der the di­rec­tives of Depart­ment of Live­stock, the Na­tional Poul­try De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tsir­ang Dzongkhag has launched tur­key farm­ing (backyard level) ac­tiv­ity in the Dzongkhag on 31st July, 2015. Be­fore launch­ing tur­key farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the Dzongkhag, the farm­ers were trained on ba­sic skills in gen­eral man­age­ment of tur­key birds (feed­ing, health care and man­age­ment of the day to day farm op­er­a­tion). Of the to­tal 64 farm­ers that took part in train­ing pro­gram, 48 farm­ers turned out to pur­sue tur­key farm­ing and ac­cord­ingly the farm­ers were pro­vided with sup­port pack­ages for con­struc­tion of shed (CGI sheet, ce­ment and feeder and drinkers) for five num­ber of birds/ farm. The farm­ers were then supplied with 2 males and three fe­male Beltsville small white tur­key poults, through which the farm­ers are ex­pected to breed nat­u­rally in their farms like the na­tive bird once it starts lay­ing. The main ob­jec­tive of launch­ing tur­key farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is to pro­vide the farm­ers an al­ter­na­tive source of in­come gen­er­a­tion and also as source of fam­ily nutri­tion; fur­ther to pro­vide self em­ploy­ment and to up­lift ru­ral liveli­hood.

Tur­key farm­ing was first in­tro­duced in Sarpang Dzongkhag, on 30th Septem­ber, 2014, with 34 farm­ers adopt­ing it. As of now, the farm­ers are do­ing well with tur­key farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and have hatched out tur­key poults through nat­u­ral breed­ing/in­cu­ba­tion. To­day, there are about 200 tur­key poults in the field that are be­ing hatched out through nat­u­ral breed­ing and the num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease fur­ther. NPDC, Sarpang is pro­ject­ing a tar­get of 14 MT tur­key meat at the end of 2018 with about 200 ac­tive backyard tur­key farms es­tab­lished in the coun­try

Chief Guest (Dasho Dzon­grab) inau­gu­rat­ing the launch­ing cer­e­mony of tur­key farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in Tsir­ang Dzongkhag

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