Bhutan has embarked on the gross national happiness (GNH) development concept. However, its operationalisation still needs more focus on the issues of the smallholder farmers which comprise about 69% of the Bhutanese population.
A 3 days Training of Trainers (ToTs) workshop on the new crop-cut methodology for paddy yield estimation is underway at Punakha from 17th May 2018 – 19th May 2018. The ToT is organized by the RNR Statistics Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and is attended by Assistant Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers from all 20 Dzongkhags, Agriculture Research and Development Centres and CNR. The development of the new crop cut methodology was supported by FAO as part of the Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and Rural Statistics initiative.
In the same workshop but in a parallel session mode, District Livestock Officers from 6 Dzongkhags and representatives from the Regional Livestock Development Centres are also present to discuss way forward to streamline the collection of administrative data on livestock indicators and its flow from the field to RSD. Advantage is also taken of the forum to sensitize the participants on the strategy and the questionnaire for the upcoming RNR Census planned to be conducted in early 2019.
The Bhutan-ICIMOD Partner’s Day will be celebrated as part of the Board of Governor’s meeting of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests on May 16.
The main objective of Partners’ Day is to strengthen ICIMOD’s engagement and enhance partnerships in Bhutan by aligning ICIMOD’s MTAP IV activities and the priorities of Bhutan’s twelfthFive Year Plan. It will provide a platform for mutual learning and sharing, and present networking opportunities for national partners in the country with regard to ICIMOD programme implementation. The event will also offer ICIMOD partners in Bhutan the opportunity to showcase their work to the ICIMOD Board of Governors and the ICIMOD Support Group.
Bhutan is hosting the forty-ninth Board of Governors (BoG) meeting of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Thimphu. The country is a founding member of ICIMOD and the Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Rinzin Dorji, currently serves as its Board Chair. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) serves as the Centre’s focal agency in Bhutan.
ICIMOD works for the advancement of mountain people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. It is governed by its BoG, which consists of one representative each from its eight regional member countries (RMC)-Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. The ICIMOD Board also consists of independent members nominated by the ICIMOD Support Group (ISG) based on their expertise and professional experience.
A new article from Tsirang Forest Division titled ” New distribution record of the Critically Endangered Chinese pangolin Manis pentadactyla in Bhutan has been published in Friends of Nature, Himalayan Naturalist journal. Click herefor the link.