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  • Extensions agents learn dairy post production technologies

    28 October-1 November: Twenty extension agents from GEF project areas of Wangdue, Tsirang, Haa, Paro, Punakha and Thimphu attended a training, ‘Capacity enhancement on Dairy Post Production Technologies (Farm-To-Table)’ with theory and hands on practical production of yogurt, paneer, rasgulla and mozzarella.

    The theory session was conducted at the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Wangdue while the practical session was held at the milk processing unit in Kuruthang, Punkaha. The National Dairy Research and Development Centre, Yusipang and RLDC-Wangdue organised the training with fund from GEF-LDCF.

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  • Fourth National Codex Committee Meeting

    Thimphu: The fourth National Codex Committee (NCC) meeting was held on October 31 under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji. The meeting was held to endorse the revised Codex Procedural Manual for Bhutan and get the approval for formulation of 11 technical regulations for prioritised food and agricultural commodities.

    In his opening remarks, the chair highlighted the importance of NCC to perform its functions towards fulfilling the mandates as per Food Act of Bhutan 2005 and contributing to the works of Codex Alimentarius Commission. He reminded the members on the roles and responsibilities of NCC as technical advisory committee on the matters related to food safety and standards. The meeting also updated the members on the current Codex work in Bhutan and international Codex activities that are relevant to Bhutan.

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  • White-bellied Heron sighted at Dagachhu Dam Site

    A White-bellied Heron being captured by CCTV on sand deposition

    Two White-bellied Herons (WBH) were sighted at Dagachhu Hydro Power dam site on October 22 at around 10:32:01 am when a team comprising of officials from Dagana Forest Division and Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation (DHPC) visited the dam site at Gewthang under Kana gewog for inspection of sand deposit. However, the team couldn’t take the picture as the birds shied away or flew away to inaccessible areas.

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  • AI refresher training course underway in eastern Bhutan

    25 October-7 November 2019, Mongar: The intensive cross cattle breeding program is a top priority for the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector of Lhuentse in the 12th FYP to achieve milk production baseline target of 1450 MT (2017) to 2000 MT (2023), self-sufficiency of dairy products and enhance rural livelihoods.

    To fulfill the aspiration, the Regional Livestock Development Centre-Kanglung and the sector of eastern Bhutan is organising the artificial insemination (AI) refresher training course at Thangrong. The training is aimed at translating the healthier AI knowledge, develop skill of the fresh livestock officials and provide a refresher course to the existing AI technicians. “After availing the training, I will contribute my service towards achieving the objective of the cattle breeding program,” shared Sherub Thinley, the extension officer of Lhuentse. He hopes that the training will help participants to bring better performance of AI and intensification of crossbred cattle progenies for dairy farmers.

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