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CEC asks to promote yak rearing in Leh district

Leh, May 14, (Scoop News)- The way pashmina got momentum in terms of its production, marketing and monetary value in the last few years yak produces can be improved and promoted on similar lines through formation of cooperative society.

This was stated by CEC, LAHDC Dorjey Motup during Ladakh Yak Herders Association Meet, 2018 as the chief guest on the occasion.

EC Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, EC Health Gyal P Wangyal, Councilors, District Officers, Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Dr. Mohd Iqbal and staff were present on the occasion. Yak herders across the district had gathered to participate in the meet.

CEC addressing the gathering said that the present council is fully committed to improve livelihood source of yak herders. He affirmed that Council is making all possible efforts in promoting yak rearing and yak products. He said that they are also looking for various promotional schemes and financial support from centre government under skill upgradation.

CEC appreciated Animal Husbandary Department for the initiative taken and urged the yak herders to take full interest by ensuring their participation in all kinds of trainings and awareness program. He said that Council is dedicated to provide such trainings without any biases in every part of the district. He stressed that Animal Husbandry Department holds the responsibility to make this initiative successful by creating awareness and educating yak herders on the potential and benefits of yak products as a lucrative source of income generation.

Avny Lavasa speaking on the occasion said that Yak is an integral part of Ladakh’s unique cultural identity besides source of livelihood for the locals. She said that the formation of Yak Herders Association has been done considering the decrease in yak population and lack of focus on yak rearing benefits among people. She added that the objective of this initiative is to protect and promote yak population in the region and to ensure a new and sustainable way of availing the unexplored benefits of yak products with possible market linkages.

DC expressed gratitude to Hill Council for the approval of financial support to commence this initiative and assured to see a good result by end of this season. She also commended the Animal Husbandry team for their hard work in making the project successful.

Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Dr. Iqbal expressed thanks to Hill Council and District Administration for for their support in providing the platform to bring yak herders across the district on one platform to form their cooperative society. He spoke in detail about the benefits of rearing yaks and the potential of making good income through yak products by focusing on tourists needs in Leh and even in national and international market. He mentioned about trainings to be organised for self help groups in making yak cheese and woollen products with innovation design and techniques.

Disease Investigation Officer Stanzin Rabgyas in his welcome speech mentioned about the decreasing population of yaks from 60-70,000 around 50 years ago to 18-19,000 as per 19th L.S Census (2012) in Leh district. Stressing on the seriousness of the matter, he said that it is important to take timely steps to protect yak population by making rearing popular among the herders focusing on the lucrative market value of yak products.

Pankaj Chandra representing WWF said that the major threat for yaks is decreasing pasture lands and council should think over having a pasture revival policy and also stay aware of the changes taking at global level to ensure yak survival.

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