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  • Towards Tourism and Strengthening Socio-Ecological Resilience in Kangchenjunga Landscape

    The Delegates from India, Nepal and Bhutan with the MoAF Bhutan Minister
    The Delegates from India, Nepal and Bhutan with the MoAF Bhutan Minister

    4 May, Thimphu: High level delegates from Bhutan, India and Nepal emphasised the need for regional cooperation on strengthening potentials and benefits of tourism at Thimphu in an event on ‘Shared Natural and Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism in Kanchenjunga Transboundary Landscape’. Developing a short, medium and long term strategies focusing on nature and culture at transboundary level has been taken as a way forward as part of the Kangchenjunga Landscape Initiatives.

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  • Research gearing towards building farmer’s capacity on Dairy Products Processing and Diversification

    Untitled-2March 19-27: Dairy Post-Production Research for Development continues to play a pivotal role to address liquid milk marketing constraints, so that farmers will continue to reap greater benefits from dairy farming. Hence, after successful training of farmers in Mongar, Samtse, Punakha among others, the technical team from National Dairy Research Centre (NDRC), Yusipang headed to East Central Region (Sarpang and Zhemgang) to train dairy farmers group members on dairy products processing and product diversification. It was conducted with the financial support from the Rural Livelihood Project (RLP), Zhemgang.

    Resource persons conducted hands on training for the members of the Lothuen Om Detshen, Sarpang for the production of yogurt, paneer, cottage cheese and ghee. They were also trained on the hygienic milk production as well as platform milk tests to inspect the quality of milk delivered to the milk processing unit (MPU).

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  • NDRC and BAOWE: Paving the way for a profitable future

    Untitled-1March 14-17, Zhemgang: The National Dairy Research Centre (NDRC), Yusipang collaborated with Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) to provide training on dairy products processing, diversification and packaging for Dairy farmer groups of Buli, Panbang, Trong, Ponchula, Tama and Tshalajong. The training was a part of the Project TA-BHU 9016, decentralised coordination and partnership for gender equality, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR 9155) through the ADB. The TA provides support for capacity building and exposure for women farmer groups in Zhemgang, Trashigang and Trongsa for various agricultural, livestock and medicinal plant activities.

    The resource persons from NDRC trained the BAOWE group members at the RNR centre of Samtenling, Gelephu. Participants were imparted theoretical lessons on production of clean milk at farmer level. Training also emphasised the importance of producing clean milk with low microbial levels on the final quality and shelf life of finished products as well as impact on human health. Participants were provided both theoretical and practical lessons on platform milk tests to be conducted while receiving milk from individual farmers. They were made aware of the need to conduct platform milk tests on all samples and the need to reject milk of poor quality was emphasised. Raw milk that passes all the platform milk tests is suitable for collection and supply to the processing unit for production of dairy products.

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  • Exit Interview as part of Exit Management

    Picture1As part of Exit Management, the Ministry of Agriculture & Forest has initiated a system to gather feedback and recommendations from the exiting civil servants from the civil service through exit interview. The objective of initiating such system is basically to gather and understand the key strengths and weaknesses of the agency with regards to its performance wherein the feedback will be used to improve the current existing system.

    Besides, thanking civil servants for their commitment and contribution, during the exit interview, questions were asked to get views on what is working well, what is not working well and recommendation for improvement. A first of its kind was carried out with Ms. Kinley Pelden, Chief Regulatory and Quarantine Officer, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority who resign from service after serving 17 years of dedicated service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum. In order to fulfill the above objectives, these good practices of Exit Management Interview will be conducted for every civil servants separating from the service.

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  • 2nd May 2017: Birth Anniversary of 3rd Druk Gyalpo- National Holiday

    3rd_KingMay 2 is a Public holiday in Bhutan. It is the Birth Anniversary of the Third King of Bhutan. It is also celebrated as Teachers’ Day because it was the Third Druk Gyalpo who began the modernisation of the country and established a modern educational system.

    Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third Dragon King of Bhutan, was born on May 2, 1929. He succeeded to the throne in 1952, following the death of his father Jigme Wangchuck. The new Druk Gyalpo immediately began to take steps toward modernisation of Bhutan.

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