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  • Field day to sow Soybeans

    Punakha: A field day to sow Soybeans (Glycine max) in Chimipang, Punakha was organized on 29 June by ARDC-Bajo and National Organic Programme as a part of the JICA Joint Partnership Programme on “Creation of Active Local Communities through the Introduction of Organic Agriculture with the System of Circulating Natural Materials in Bhutan”. The program is basically an adaptive research trial on organic rice production without the use of synthetic herbicides.

    Seven volunteers including the Ex-Minister of Agriculture from Japan, officials from ARDC-Bajo, ARDC-Yusipang, Royal Project-Chimipang and Dzongkhag attended the field day. Two varieties of soybeans were sown, namely, ‘Enrei” imported from Japan and other local variety from Bhutan. The Enrei is said to have high nitrogen fixing ability and has high protein content of 44%.

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  • 6th meeting of National Food Quality and Safety Commission held

    The meeting in progressJune 28, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organised 6th National Food Quality and Safety Commission (NFQSC) Meeting under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The Food Act of Bhutan 2005 mandates the heads of Department of Public Health, Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Department of Trade, Office of Attorney General, Department of Livestock and Department of Agriculture, Department of Law and Order and BAFRA to be the members to NFQSC.

    Under the Food Act of Bhutan 2005, the NFQSC is an apex body for policy guidance and major decisions relating to Food Safety and Standards of the country.

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  • LOAS certified products to hit the market

    The local organic assurance system (LOAS) certified products including Turmeric powder from Zhemgang, Bhutan Herbal Tea from Bumthang, Bhutan Green Tea from Trongsa and potato, garlic and carrot from Gasa launched on June 26 is expected to hit the market soon.

    The Hon'ble Sanam Lyonpo exploring one of the organic productsThe launched products were from Rangzhin Sonam Detshen in Gasa, Samdrupcholing Zangja Nymaley Tshogdey in Trongsa, Takabi Women’s Group and Dakpel Women’s Group in Zhemgang and Bhutan Herbal Tea in Bumthang who have registered with the National Organic Program (NOP) since 2016. They were trained on organic concepts, principles and practices and have committed to ensure the Bhutan Organic Standard (BOS).

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  • Consultation meeting for Bhutan for Life initiative held

    The consultation meeting for ‘‘Bhutan for Life initiative’’ was held at the Natural Resources Development Cooperation Limited  hall in Thimphu from June 18-22 to ensure strong network of protected areas and biological corridors in the country.

    The Hon'ble Sanam Lyonpo graced the inaugural sessionAround 200 participants from various Dzongkhags and regions attended the meeting where they also discussed regarding the coordination gaps and issues in the field offices.

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  • Kyrgyz Delegation calls on the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo

    June 25, Thimphu: The Kyrgyz Delegation of ten members led by His Excellency Nurbek Murashev, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic met with the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo and other senior officials of the Ministry.The Krygyz Delegation with the Hon'ble Lyonpo and senior officials from the Ministry

    Welcoming the delegation, Lyonpo highlighted that both Krygyzstan and Bhutan shares many similarities being a mountainous country particularly in terms of agriculture and snow leopard conservation.

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