25th November 2014, Dirang
Shri Pema Khandu, Minister of Urban Development, Tourism and Art & Culture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated Yak Mela 2014 held at Twang. Shri Khandu, is his address, emphasised on the importance of yak in the economy of the highlanders. He also appreciated the efforts of ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak for promoting and highlighting scientific yak husbandry practice. Shri Khandu also appealed to the scientists to find out the major problems in yak husbandry in consultation with the yak rearers and to give a cost effective solution for these problems.
A livestock competition was organized to encourage yak rearing community in adoption of scientific yak husbandry practices. Exhibition stall by the yak rearing community with ethnic items and live demonstration of yak milk product preparation were main attraction in the mela.. More than 2000 farmers including 300 yak rearers attended this mela from different corners of the Tawang districts. ICAR-NRCY honored 100 yak rearers with basic amenities like tarpolin, rain coat, gum boot, mineral mixture, milking bucket, concentrate mixture, common salt, blanket, calcium preparation and solar emergency light. KVK West Kameng and Tawang made an exhaustive demonstration of the useful technology pertaining to high altitude agriculture.
Dr. S. M. Deb, Director, ICAR-NRCY highlighted the objective of the Yak and assured nomadic herdsmen to provide all support for development of yak husbandry.
The Yak Mela was organized by the ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang in collaboration with 46 Infantry Brigade, Indian Army; Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, Tawang and Jang Sports Club.
(Source: ICAR-NRCY, West Kemang)