Leh, 7 October, 2013: VisitLadakh.com – The present generation of Ladakh has to play a role of hook to pull the coming generation of Ladakh towards land based economy and to pursue this ultimate responsibility, present generation is in the best position equipped with wealth, knowledge and technology. It was said by CEC, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar who was chief guest during a daylong Cow show cum farmers training programme at Thiksay village yesterday.
Organized by Animal Husbandry Deptt. Leh under ATMA scheme about 70 families mostly from Thiksay village including participants also from Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo villages along with about 200 Jersey Cows including Heifers, and Calf participated.
Emphasizing upon the importance of land based economy, Spalbar said that whatever we have, though in small quantities are very valuable to us as we Ladakhi are engaged in agrarian based economy since time immemorial and now it is a high time to make this sub sustained economy more productive and remunerative by exploring the fullest potential of agriculture along with livestock development. Stressing on reviving the strong cooperative culture of Ladakhi society, Spalbar urged every section of society to work together to achieve progress in their respective fields adding that present Council has already taken many initiatives to lead Leh district towards sustainable development. Said Spalbar.
Executive Councilor Animal & Sheep Husbandry Gyurmet Dorjey who was guest of honor on the occasion stressing upon the breeders to take such training programmes very seriously said that shifting towards land based economy is the top priority of present Council. Underlining recent achievements of Council, Gyurmet said that recently installed Rs: 1.30 crore Milk Pasteurization Plant at Spituk, sating up of New Clinical Complex at Skara and introduction of Automatic Milk Vending Machine Swap Operating (AMVMSO) in Leh etc will go a long way to lead milk industry of Leh towards new heights.
The Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Dr. Abdul Qayum in his welcome speech highlighting Ladakh’s immense potential in livestock urged upon the farmers to adopt new technology like artificial insemination for breeding of improved animals for better economic results and also urged to strengthen Thiksay milk cooperative society. He also explained in detail about the Ladakh Milk Union Limited (LaMUL) which would be run by societies with the help of Animal Husbandry and urged milk producing farmers to support LaMUL.
On behalf of Sarpanches of Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo, Sarpanch Thiksay Phunchok Tundup demanded a fodder and feed bank at Thiksay so that farmers can easily buy fodder in the spring season when farmers face lots of problem due to scarcity of fodder. He also demanded Bulk Milk Cooler tank in Shey –Thiksy belt to facilitate farmers for storage of milk in huge quantity during summer months for smooth supply of milk.
Later, the chief guest gave away cash prizes among the farmers for their best cows. Best animal award was bagged by Skalzang Tundup (Stazur) of Thiksay while as first prize in the milk cow category goes to Tsering Yangzom Arzu-pa. Likewise, Tsewang Dolma Farkapa won the first prize for her Heifer in Heifer category. Similarly, in Calf competition, Chuskit Kagapa won the first prize.
Under RKVY scheme, two each farmers in all the Panchyat Halqa of Thiksay, Shey, Rimbirpur, Nang and Stakmo selected by their respective Sarpanches were also given prizes in the shape of 10 Ltrs Milk Cane along with Mineral mixture and supplements.