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  • Celebration of BAFRA’s 20th Foundation day

    5 August, Thimphu: It was a special day for the family of Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) as we celebrated the 20th Foundation day on 5th August 2020. BAFRA was founded as the competent authority for Biosecurity and Food Safety”, with the mandate “to safeguard plants, animals and environment from biosecurity threats and ensure safe food for the consumers through science-based approaches for socio-economic wellbeing and sustainable environment”.

    The day was marked with a small cake ceremony, wherein the former Director Generals of BAFRA, Dasho Karma Dorji and Dasho Namgay Wangchuk along with the current Director General of BAFRA, DR Tashi Samdup graced the day. The BAFRA field offices in 20 districts also celebrated the day in their respective offices. It was a day to acknowledge all the contributions by the founders, leaders and officials of BAFRA while reflecting on the beginnings and the significant achievements.

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  • Building CSIs capacity on food safety licensing and certification

    3-6 August, Tsirang: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is organizing a four-day awareness training on food safety licensing and certification requirements for agro-based Cottage and Small Industries (CSI). A total of twenty six participants consisting of representatives from CSIs based in Tsirang, agriculture extension official and BAFRA officials are attending the training.

    During the opening session, Gyem Bidha, the Chief of Food Safety and Quality Division highlighted the importance of CSIs in nation’s economic growth and improving the livelihood of rural population. She emphasized on the significance of meeting the food safety legal requirements for operating any kind of food business and certification to Bhutanese agro-based products for better market.

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  • Tender for development of Laboratory Information Management System

    The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest would like to invite Expression of Interest from the eligible Consultancy Firm with valid trade license to develop Laboratory Information Management System”.

    The detailed tender document can be obtained from the BAFRA, HQ, Thimphu on any working days from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM or visit www.bafra.gov.bt or MoAF website. The last date for submission of the tender is on June 29, 2020 at 10:30 AM and will be opened on the same day at 11:00 AM. Earnest money of minimum of 2% of the quoted value should be deposited with the tender.

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  • Bhutan prepares for emergency response actions to tackle African Swine Fever

    6 May, Thimphu: Bhutan prepares for emergency response actions to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF) following the report of ASF mortality in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, India on May 2. The case was confirmed by the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.

    ASF is a severe viral disease of pigs affecting both domestic and wild pigs. It does not directly affect public health and does not transmit from animals to humans. It is a terminal and highly infectious viral disease which causes a serious impact on the pig population and there is no vaccine nor cure for ASF. It can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork and occur via contaminated feed and objects such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives and other equipment. The disease has been spreading globally for several years since its first report from China in August 2018.

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