• Category Archives BAFRA
  • Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration

    The traners with Hon'ble Secretary and Hon'ble Minister of MoAF and ED of BAFRA
    The Trainers (extreme left and right) with Hon’ble Secretary and Hon’ble Minister of MoAF and ED of BAFRA

    16 -18 June, Thimphu. A three days training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration was conducted with an aim to identify trade facilitation measures and building capacities of government and private sector stakeholders to promote intra-regional learning of such measures in the Asia–Pacific region. The training was organised by the Trade and Investment Division (TID) at UN- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and theBhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA).

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  • 16th NPC Meeting ongoing in Thimphu

    Workshop in progress
    Workshop in progress

    9 June, Thimphu: Representatives from various Asian countries are in the capital to participate in the 16th National Project Coordinators meeting. The participating countries- Malaysia, India, Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Bhutan- that are at different phases of implementing the National Biosafety Framework are here following a practice which provides a platform for information sharing and to share technical knowledge on new and emerging developments in biosafety.

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  • Inauguration of Bumthang BAFRA office by Sanam Lyonpo

    Marchang ceremony being done by the Executive Director of BAFRA
    Marchang ceremony being conducted by the Executive Director of BAFRA

    4 April 2014, Bumthang:. The new Dzongkhag office for the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) at Bumthang was inaugurated on 4 April, 2014 by His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with the aim of ensuring and strengthening effective food safety and bio-security system in Bhutan.

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  • BAFRA prepares for Regulation of Genetically Modified Organism

    2A 10 days training workshop through the support of National Biosafety Framework Project under Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority on risk assessment, risk management and risk communication of Genetically Modified food, feed and plants is being conducted from 23rd September 2013 at Wangchuk Resort, Taba, Thimphu.

    The training is being conducted in two different components – first week of the training is on risk assessment/management of GM food and feed for which an international expert Dr. Dr.Jansen Van Rijssen from South Africa is filled in as the resource person. Dr. Rijssen involvement in GMO included food safety and risk assessments, development of legislation and guidelines, participation in several Codex Alimentarius committees, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) task force for the safety of novel food and feeds, the OECD working group on harmonization in legislative oversight in biotechnology; and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) advisory committee on biotechnology and biosafety. Her experience in work with GMOs stretches over more than 20 years.

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  • BAFRA Laboratory Officials Receive Training on ISO/IEC 17025 Standards

    A week long refreshers’ training course on the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 standard for competence of the testing and calibration  laboratories has been conducted from 11th – 17th June 2013 for the laboratory officials of National Food Testing Laboratory (NFTL), BAFRA, Yusipang. Dr. G. M Tewari, UNIDO International Laboratory Expert was the resource person through support from United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Project on Standards, Metrology, Testing and Quality (SMTQ). The main objectives of such trainings are to sustain and upgrade the accredited scope of NFTL.

    The training programme covered the following aspects:

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