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  • Ministry’s Interim Adviser visits FMCL

    October 26, Paro:  The Interim Adviser of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Penjore visited Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL) to see the activities. Discussing with the staff, Dasho shared that FMCL must focus on its core business mandates given the importance of the institution in Bhutan and the four important components of priority sector lending (PSL) in promoting cottage and small industries in Bhutan. He added that for financial support and sustainability, the company must build a compelling case in the strategy that the new government would be obliged to inject equity willingly and FMCL must reflect provisions of investment from SME Board, financial institutions and FDI and take advantage of investment projects like PSL.

    Dasho’s visit mainly focussed on contract farming and he recommended FMCL to have a clear focus on its core business and then to venture into other businesses like contract farming and engage into supply of oil and lubricants.

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  • On-going JICA Joint Partnership Program on Organic Rice Production reviewed

    A seminar to review the on-going JICA Joint Partnership Program on organic rice production trial with emphasis on the cultivation of rice without the usage of synthetic herbicides was held at the ARDC-Bajo on October 26.

    The seminar was attended by the JICA organic rice experts, program director, rice specialist, project manager of Royal Project, Chimipang; research focal officials from ARDC-Yusipang and Bajo and officials from the National Organic Programme (NOP).  It was organised by NOP with fund from JICA.

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  • DNA barcoding training underway at NBC

    A 12-day training course on DNA barcoding started at the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang from October 223 with fund from the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and resource persons from Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Netherlands.

    DNA barcoding is a rapidly developing methodology in characterising biological diversity through use of short, standardised DNA fragments. It lies at an interface between genomics and biodiversity science, offering a suite of molecular tools for fast and reliable species identification as well as species discovery.

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