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  • Pramer Bamdhir farmroad and baily bridge inaugurated in Trashiyangtse

    Trashiyangtse: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo inaugurated a 14 km Pramer-Bamdhir farmroad and the 170 ft baily bridge with a carrying capacity of 24 MT on October 11.

    The farmroad construction was started in 2016 and completed in 2018 at the cost of Nu. 21.35 M while the bridge was built at the cost of Nu. 19.5 M with fund from the Royal Government of Bhutan. They will benefit 85 households connecting Berteng, Bamdhir, Betsamang and Zhapang villages under Bumdeling gewog. The inauguration was attended by beneficiaries, local leaders and relevant officials.

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  • Forest Engagement Note on “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development” launched

    2 October Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) in collaboration with the World Bank jointly launched the Forest Engagement Note for Bhutan titled “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development”. His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, MoAF graced the event as the Chief Guest. His Excellency jointly launched the note along with Dr. Mercy Miyang Tombon, Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Hon’ble Secretary, MoAF and Resident Representative of World Bank Office, Bhutan.

    The launch event was organised to present the diagnostics and key findings of the forest note to a broad audience in Bhutan, including policymakers, civil society, academia, and private sector and to initiate a dialogue intended to enrich the broader recommendations outlined in the Note and to identify other key policy gaps and opportunities in the forest sector.

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  • Nomadic Health campaign begins in Merak

    The 3rd nomadic health campaign which is conducted annually in Merak and Sakteng kicked off in Merak on 7th October organized Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. A team from Bhutan foundation led by Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham who is one of the board members and her family and two officials from Thimphu attended the campaign. Unlike the past campaign, this year in addition to the free health services and awareness programs provided by the health officials, community animal birth control (CABC) and animal diseases surveillance program are also provided by the livestock officials to the nomads of Merak and Sakteng. Free medical outreach services like screening for IUD, HIV, HepB, Diabetes, and cervical cancers were provided in addition to the general checkup. As there is an increasing population of Feral dogs and Merak and Sakteng, the team from livestock sector led by the District livestock officer vaccinated majority of the dogs in Merak. Similar programs will also be conducted in Sakteng from 11th to 12th October, 2019.

    The program is funded by Bhutan Foundation.

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  • Hon’ble sanam Lyonpo visits Tsirang, Dagana, Sarpang and Zhemgang Dzongkhags

    4 – 7 October, 2019: Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo and his team comprising of officials from Policy and Planning Division (PPD), Department of Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives (DAMC), and Regional Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives office (RAMCO) visited Dagana, Tsirang, Sarpang and Zhemgang Dzongkhag . The main objective of the visit was to advocate on the importance of School and Hospital Feeding Program, a priority of the government to improve food and nutrition requirement for school children. The visit is also aimed to share views on the agriculture transformation to be initiated in the 12th FYP to increase food self-sufficiency. The visit is scheduled for ten Dzongkhags including Merak and Sakteng in the East.

    Lyonpo met with different level of participants comprising of local government , school teachers , extension officers and regional agencies and expressed his views on the sustainable development and how import of food and food products shows the vulnerability of our future food supply. Lyonpo stressed the need for transformations in Agriculture system and also informed the meetings that School and Hospital Feeding Program is a market innovation, good news for the Farmers and entrepreneurs of Bhutan, which assured market for their produce to schools and hospital.

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