The unit was built at a cost of Nu. 2.5 million which was funded by the Government of India
A Milk Processing Unit (MPU) at Gangtey Gewog in Wangduephodrang, built under the Bhutan India High-Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) partnership, was inaugurated on 1 June.
Wangduephodrang Dzongdag Sonam Jamtsho, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Officials from the Embassy of India in Thimphu and other government officials were also present at the inaugural ceremony.
Livestock rearing is one of the main income generating activities for Gangtey farmers. To further enhance rural income and food, and nutrition security of the community, the dzongkhag administration formed a dairy group of 17 farmers in Yaekorwog and Eusa village in the Gewog.
Construction of the milk processing unit was undertaken under the 4th batch of High-Impact Community Development Projects (HICDPs) in order to facilitate the dairy group.
The construction of the unit commenced on 8 June, 2021 and was completed within a year on 7 May this year at a cost of Nu.2.5 million.
A press release from the Embassy of India in Thimphu states that the newly constructed Milk Processing Unit will benefit more than 80 households of Yaekorwog and Eusa village by providing reliable market for milk produced in the village, and also help enhance income of the community.
According to them, the project is an outcome of a successful collaboration between the Government of India, the Gross National Happiness Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan, and the local administration of Wangduephodrang among others.
“The Government of India is committed to further its development partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan for the well-being and prosperity of the region,” states the press release.