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Lack of manpower, govt support lead to decline in yak farming in Dhading

DHADING: The yak farming has declined due to lack of manpower and other resources in highlands of Ruby Valley Rural Municipality in Dhading district. The yak farming business is the chief source of income for local farmers.

The yak farming in the district has declined since youths are not attracted in the business. Lack of adequate manpower and shortage of grass in the forest have posed threat to the farming business, said Phaisingh Ghale of Tipling who has been keeping yak for over two decades. Local farmers said that youths were attracted towards foreign employment and migrating to urban areas. Another farmer Jumsai Ghale said that the youths were not staying in the shed since they did not like cleaning dungs. Besides, there were no proper communication, health, and transport facilities in the mountainous rural municipality.

It has been learned that yak farmers earn an annual income of around Rs 300,000. The rural municipality is home for around 400 yaks.

The yak farming business requires the altitude of 2,500 metres from sea level. Dhading’s Somdang and Pansang among others areas in the hills are suitable for yak keeping.
It has been reported that local farmers have lost their interest in the business as it requires a lot of effort but yields less profit.

Dhading Yak Farmers’ Association President Dinesh Ghale said that the yak farming had the potential and could still boost if government brought programmes to promote the business. He said the programmes including the management of grazing areas, better road for transportation of dairy products, livestock insurance could help the farmers.

Meanwhile, Ruby Valley Rural Municipality Chair Cherung Tamang said the rural municipality was developing various programmes aimed at supporting local yak farmers.

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