The wind and hailstorms that occurred on March 29 at 1.20 pm affected 361 households in three gewogs of Singye, Gakiling and Shompangkha. Among the three gewogs, Shompangkha was the worst hit.
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April 9-14, Paro: About 30 participants from the Agriculture Research and Development Centres (Bajo, Samtenling, Wengkhar & Yusipang), central programs (NPPC, NSSC, NMC, NSC, NPHC & AMC) and Agriculture Production Division, Department of Agriculture (DoA) are attending the training on Research Methodologies and Scientific Paper Writing.
The training is expected to enhance the knowledge and motivate the young researchers to develop a habit of scientific paper writing.
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The forestry staff of Tsirang Forest Division recently rescued a critically endangered female Chinese pangolin. Upon receipt of information it had an injury, a team of forestry staff rushed to the site wherein the Pangolin had been brought to the Division Forest Office compound for further treatment and monitoring. According to Mr. Kinley, Sr. Forest Ranger who led the team said “The injured pangolin has been found in its defensive (rolled) position which is a normal habit when it comes across other creatures”. With the support of a local resident, the victim was brought to Damphu for treatment and management.
Of the eight species of pangolin occurring globally, four species are seen in Asia whereby Bhutan harbours a good habitat for Chinese and Indian pangolins. Chinese Pangolin is reported from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Vietnam. However, as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature its population is in drastic decline as a result of poaching and illegal trade.
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The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited (MSPCL) and Bio Bhutan in collaboration with UNDP launched the nature-based products at Taj Tashi, Thimphu on April 5 as a part of the framework of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). The nine products includes anti-wrinkle cream, balm, liniment, massage oil, perfume, soaps, and hand sanitiser to support sustainable rural livelihoods.
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April 3-5: The fifth Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) General Assembly was held in Laos PDR at Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane. It was organised by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) and National Agriculture and Forestry Institute (NAFRI) of Laos PDR.
The Assembly shared the AFACI project progress and discussed future direction to increase performance of each project. It was attended by more than 90 delegates including the Minister, vice Ministers and other signatories from its member countries and RDA, Korea. Representatives from its partner organisations, Korean Embassy in Laos PDR, KOICA and KOPIA Centres also attended it.
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