The first ever state consultation of young herders was held on Friday at the Government Palace, bringing together 360 young herders (between the ages of 15 and 34) from 330 soums across all 21 provinces as representatives of over 110,000 young herders nationwide.
The Mongol Herder information agency held the event under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Mongolia. Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag officiated at the consultation and shared his support stating, “Mongolia’s 45 million livestock are healthily breeding thanks to the young herders.”
Herders who registered 2,000 to 3,800 livestock at the end of last year were specifically invited to the consultation. A total of 68 female herders were invited as well.
The consultation aimed to find solutions for the pressing problems of young herders, promote their work, motivate them, and raise public awareness of how they are contributing to the Mongolian economy.
During the consultation, several separate discussions took place on the issues of increasing income, education and health, labor relations and social security for herders. Requests generated during the discussions will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval.
Organizers of the consultation met representatives of the herders beforehand and received their suggestions for the consultation’s agenda and future plans to keep the consultation effective as possible.
The consultation will be held once every two years, reported the Prime Minister.
The young herders also visited dairy, cashmere and leather factories, as well as an agricultural exchange.SOURCE: Ub Post