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  • Clean journey to the work-place

    picture1In order to commemorate the 10th year of glorious reign of His Majesty the King, the Livestock Products Value Addition Centre, Serbethang, along-with the Turkey Breeding Farm, Wangchutaba, jointly observed the 9th December 2016, as the Cleaning Day.

    The team of eleven staff from these two centres, led by the Officer In-charge, LPVAC and Farm Manager, Turkey Farm, began the cleaning campaign from the entry gate at Wangchutaba. The entry gate, which is also the city bus waiting point, had a huge amount of trash, rampantly thrown around.  The four & half kilometre stretch, from the entry gate to the worksite at Serbethang, was cleaned for trashes, consisting of papers, rags, linens, plastic etc in and around the road stretch; for which motto adopted was ‘Clean Journey to the workplace’.

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  • Press release on launch of “Bhutan State of Parks Report 2016”

    2To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the glorious reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched “Bhutan State of Parks 2016” on 9 December 2016. The launching ceremony was graced by Hon’ble Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. For the first time, the report highlights the conservation value and management performance of the protected areas of Bhutan. The Department of Forests and Park Services will now measure all protected areas every five years, to track progress of conservation management and enable adaptive management prescriptions.

    Bhutan has a rare set of attributes for conserving nature, ecosystem services, local culture, and an ecologically representative and well-connected protected areas system covering 50 per cent of the country. Such an achievement became possible only through the wisdom emanating from great leadership, in particular His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, during whose reign the foundations were established for sound environmental governance unmatched in any other country. The report highlights that the future of Bhutan is equally secure in the reign of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, with dedication to our natural heritage and ecologicaly-benign development planning.

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  • World Soil Day Celebrated at Damphu

    untitled-1December 5, Tsirang: On 5th December, Bhutan joined the global community world-wide to celebrate the World Soil Day with the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), DoA organising the celebration at the Moelamthang at Damphu in Tsirang. With the theme “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life” the main objective of the celebration was to highlight the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural eco-system and as a vital contributor to the human wealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. 2016 being the year of pulses, the importance of pulses as soil fertility enhancer was also highlighted.

    Director, Department of Agriculture graced the occasion as the chief guest and opening the day’s activities strongly emphasised on the importance of soil and land management considering the limited arable land in Bhutan on which about 65% of our still population subsist. In order to help improve our food sufficiency goals, the importance of soil & land management cannot be overlooked.

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  • Four new Butterfly species recorded

    A team from UWICE had conducted a Butterfly survey in Darla, Lhamoizingkha and Phuntsholing area recently. Karma Wangdi, who led the team recorded four new additional species of Butterflies to Bhutan. The new records are:

    Scobura isota -Khasi Forest Bob,
    Niphanda cymbia- Pointed Perrot,
    Horaga viola – Brown Onyx
    Horaga Syrinx- Ambon Onyx (Female)

    Mr. Karma Wangdi, lepidopterist with UWICE has confirmed the additional species in the family of Lycaenidae (Blues) & Hesperiidae (Skipper). According to him, Bhutan now has 177 species of Lycaenidae and 145 species of Hesperiidae, adding to a total of 732 butterfly species in the country.

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  • Farm Machinery Technical Training begins at AMC

    20161206_093607AMC Paro, 7 Dec 2016: Students from Technical Training Institutes( TTI) located in Khuruthang, Chumey and Dekiling will attend the 3 months training at AMC from December as part of their on-the-job-training (OJT) programme for 3 months at the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC).

    The first batch of students from Chumey started the training from December 1, 2016, at Paro. They will be trained in the Paro and Samtenling offices of the AMC. Other students from the other two institutes shall join by mid December.

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