The AnGR section was established in 2005 to oversee ex-situ and in-situ conservation of AnGR. The National Gene Bank for AnGR was established as an ex-situ conservation facility with initial assistance from the Government of the Netherlands and RGoB. The Gene Bank was upgraded to a fully functional facility through the support of the Integrated Livestock and Crop Conservation Project (ILCCP) funded by UNDP-GEF. It currently holds over 3500 doses of semen from local poultry and sheep breeds for research and long term use.
The Section also collaborates with the Department of Livestock and Dzongkhag Livestock Sector to promote in-situ conservation of AnGR through technical support for improved management practices, production and marketing, education and awareness on importance of AnGR. Currently, the AnGR in-situ conservation activities are mostly supported through the ILCCP Project.
The primary functions of the AnGR section are to:
- Assess, document and status reporting of domestic animal genetic resources.
- Coordinate on-farm conservation and sustainable use of domestic animal genetic resources.
- Serve as the national repository for animal germplasm.
- Coordinate and implement targeted interventions for prioritized domestic breeds.
- Provide genetic information of the animal germplasm collections and materials for breeding and utilization.
- Promote regional and international linkages for technology transfer and effective conservation and management of animal genetic resources.
- Exploration, evaluation and documentation of animal genetic diversity.
- Promote in-situ conservation of animal genetic resources.
- Serve as the national repository for animal germplasm (domestic and endangered wild animal species).
- Provide information on animal genetic diversity in the country.
- Provide animal germplasm for research and field utilization.
- Monitor and report on the status of animal genetic resources.
- Develop strategies and action plans for conservation of animal genetic resources.
- Promote regional and international linkages for technology transfer for effective conservation and management of animal genetic resources.
- Serve as the national nodal agency responsible for monitoring, implementing and reporting Global Plan of Action (GPA) for the Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture under the framework of FAO.