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  • Primitive plants sighted in Tsirang

    UntitledA primitive plant species Podocarpusneriifolius is sighted in Tsirang Dzongkhag. The podocarpus belongs to the family of Podocarpaceae in the major Gymnosperms groups (Conifers, Cycads,Podocarpus). Literature reveals that it is found in India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Loas, Combodia etc. Podocarpus is an evergreen plant that grows up to 10-15 meters in between 650 m and 1600 m altitude.

    Because of its distribution and population, it is rare species in Bhutan. Based on the information received from forestry colleague, one single tree each is found in Tashiyangtse and Zhemgang Dzongkhag. In Tsirang, a single tree is sighted in Damphu Higher Secondary School (DHSS) compound and four trees in Majuwa under Kikorthang Geog. The single tree at DHSS probably could have been planted as it is found in the School plantation area where as trees as Majuwa are naturally grown. It is found growing in rocky cliff with natural regeneration limited to undisturbed areas underneath the mother trees. Tsirang Forest Division will initiate raising of nursery seedlings as a conservation measure.

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  • Bambusa allamii and Himalayacalamus hookerianus: An alternative to Yula

    Cane and bamboo play an integral role in supporting livelihood of people at Bjoka Gewog, Zhemgang. More than 90% of the households in the Gewog use these resources for handicrafts and contribute to 66% of household income. Recognising its importance, Bjoka Gongphel Tsarzo Tshogpa (group) was formed in the Gewog with an aim to increase household cash income and to manage resources in sustainable manner. The setting up of this group enabled the members to readily sell their products but faced with challenges of proper resource management as planned. Intensive collection followed by flowering of yula (Neomicrocalamus andropogonifolius) in many areas has raised a concern for the sustainability of handicraft work which has direct impact on household income.

    Most bamboo species can be used for making functional household and craft articles. However, yula is suitable for production of intrinsically patterned containers known as Bangchung, Lakchung, Baikur and Zemthrachem. Handicraft making is a lifeline for majority households in Bjoka and lives of Bjokapas are unimaginable without this activity. Considering these problems, the Social Forestry and Extension Division in collaboration with Research Center, Bhur has introduced two different bamboo species at Bjoka. The main aim of introducing these bamboo species is to substitute or supplement yula requirement for production of handicraft. These species were introduced during recent bamboo propagation training conducted in the Gewog.

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  • Social Forestry Day 2015 Commemorative Plantation at NPiDC, Gelephu

    Glimpses of Plantation Activity at the NPiDC campus at Gelephu
    Glimpses of Plantation Activity at the NPiDC campus at Gelephu

    In order to join the Nation in Social Forestry Day celebration on 2nd June 2015 coinciding with the Coronation day of the 4th King, a commemorative plantation was carried out at the National Piggery Development Centre (NPiDC) campus at Gelephu. Around 300 saplings of horticultural and aesthetic values were planted covering area of one acre. Species include aracanut, mango, leechi, coffee and ashoka saplings.

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  • Trongsa celebrates Social Forestry Day

    The Sector Heads, staffs of Dzongkhag Administration, Royal Bhutan Police, Schools, Business community and Regional heads together commemorated and observed Social Forestry Day on 2nd June 2015 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The day began with offering collective prayers and good wishes for the long life and well being of our revered Monarchs and offerings of facilitations to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

    Social Forestry Day at Trongsa
    Social Forestry Day at Trongsa
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