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  • A Woman Independently stands on her own Feet in Gangzor

    Untitled-1Going upstream following the ascending road to Kurtoe will greet you with thick jungle and the roaring Kurichhu. After crossing the Lhuentse hospital and making your way through broad leaved forests and fallow agriculture fields, you will be greeted by a smiling talkative lady, Aum Sonam Lhamo. She is one of the progressive agriculturists living in a village called Kelung under Gangzor Gewog in Lhuentse Dzongkhag. She has a poultry and a dairy farm.

    Back in 2009 she started her poultry farming with a capacity of 100 birds. Then the monthly generated income was lucrative and she used to earn around Nu. 14,000 as net profit per month. Initially, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector helped in establishing the poultry farm through the provision of construction materials and inputs supplies such as CGI, wire mesh, feeder and water filter along with other necessary technical assistants.

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  • Regional Centre for Tiger and Cats Research Groundbreaking Ceremony conducted

    112 March, Gelephu: The ground breaking ceremony for the Regional Centre for Tiger and Cats Research was conducted on 12 March 2017 at Gelephu under Sarpang Dzongkhag. The Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, graced the Salang Tendrel. The venerable Lam Neten of Gelephu Rabdey, Dasho Dzongdag of Sarpang Dzongkhag, Dasho Drungpa and regional sector heads also attended the Salang Tendrel.

    Bhutan with more than 70% forest cover and with more than 50% under protected areas in the form of National Parks and Biological Corridors offers the best hope for the conservation of many endangered wildlife like tigers and snow leopard. The Hon’ble Lyonpo said “Bhutan with almost 4% of the worlds tiger population, establishing a Centre that conducts research to provide critical information on tigers and cats conservation is very befitting and timely. This Centre will not only cater to the needs of Bhutan, but also to the other tiger range countries in Asia”.

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  • Fodder seed production, a lucrative business for Shumar farmers

    Untitled-1Pemagatshel: Unlike other villages in the Dzongkhag, the villages of Zalashing, Gamung, Nongar, Paithung, Shali, Rimphung, Dorey, Gomchu, Shumar, Maan and Khothakpa under Shumar geog have been busy with the fodder seed production business over the years. ‘It was started way back in 1993 by few farmers and the number has increased today,’ shared Sangay Tshering who is the focal point for the feed and fodder development program.

    The business has been providing an additional income to the farmers besides agriculture crops and livestock. This year 64 households produced 4278 kgs of Ruzi, one of the sub-tropical fodders which were sold at Nu. 130/kg and fetched them Nu. 5,56,140/-. Another, 14 households produced 251 kgs of Molasses seed that fetched them Nu. 37,650/-. In total, farmers earned Nu. 593970/- in 2016 -2017. The seeds were sold to the National Centre for Animal Nutrition (NCAN), Bumthang and the office appreciating the seeds shared that the quality has improved over the years. ‘The recent visit by Dasho Dzongda who shared his wisdom to the seed producers was an inspiration for them,’ said Memey Sonam of Gamung.

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  • H.E. Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo inaugurates the CVH & SL at Deothang

    Untitled-1Samdrup Jongkhar: The City Veterinary Hospital and Satellite Laboratory (CVH & SL) at Deothang was inaugurated by His Excellency Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests on 4 March, 2017.

    The inauguration was attended by Lam Neten, Dasho Dzongdag, sector heads of Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag administration, officials and representatives of Thromde, heads of Regional Offices, Deothang Army and NGO(s), members of Deothang Milk Marketing group, businessmen and the general public of the Deothang geog.

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  • Management and Propagation of Fruits Plants Training held for Extension Staff

    DSC_1771March 2-3, Wangdue: To enhance the propagation and orchard management skills and capacity, the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (JICA) based at ARDC, Bajo conducted two days hand-on-training for 12 extension staff of Punakha, Wangdue, Dagana and Gasa.

    The training covered in-house lectures and field practical sessions through JICA experts and the horticulture sector.

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