Heifer Nepal Felicitated for Exemplary Service during Terai Flood
Heifer International Nepal is awarded by the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) during its Annual Day Celebration Event in Kathmandu on 16th October 2017, for the exemplary service Heifer had provided during immediate relief for the victims of recent flood that devastated most of the Terai districts.
Working in collaboration with 35 Social Entrepreneurs Women’s Cooperatives and local government, Heifer Nepal provided relief supplies of food and non-food items to about 11,000 families (more than 58,500 people) in nine flood affected districts. Heifer Nepal understands the importance of livestock for smallholder families, who depend upon their livestock not only for nutrition but also for their survival. The relief operation for livestock benefitted more than 7,500 farmers. A total of 36 vet technicians were mobilized to provide door to door treatment services to farmers. Nearly 50,000 livestock were benefitted by the treatment services, concentrate feed and supplements.
During Annual Day Celebration Event, Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General of DLS mentioned in his presentation that formal introduction of improved breeds of livestock was made for the first time in Nepal during 1950s when Heifer gifted improved breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, bulls and chickens for crossbreeding and genetic improvement. Heifer Nepal has played a vital role in achieving this milestone in livestock development history of Nepal.