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  • Climate-smart Agriculture reference books launched

    Hon’ble Lyonpo with the Agriculture Director General (Left) and SNV Climate-smart Project Coordinator (Right)

    November 30, Thimphu: The Climate-smart Agriculture (CSA) in Bhutan is fairly a new concept towards increasing food production and continue agriculture under climate change scenario through developing a knowledge based climate resilience farms-farmers in a gender inclusive participation.

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  • National Red List Assessment Workshop on Endemic Plants of Bhutan

    Untitled-1November 23-27, Paro: A five-day National Red List Assessment Workshop on endemic plants of Bhutan was held organised jointly by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang and IUCN and Biodiversity Network Japan.

    The workshop was aimed to review the information obtained through herbarium consultations, field surveys, endemic plant diversity database, expert consultations and literature reviews since January 2014 to November 2015, enter all the information into the IUCN global online database, the Species Information System and to develop detailed plans for publishing the National Red List of Bhutan’s Endemic Plants.

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  • EU delegation calls on Hon’ble Lyonpo

    A50X0620November 27, Thimphu: The European Union (EU) delegation of five members led by Ms. Maria Castillo Fernandez, Head of Division of European External Action Service made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji.

    During the meeting, Lyonpo expressed his deep condolence in regard to the recent terrorist attacks in France. He shared that EU support has been the important component for the Ministry contributing tremendously in the lives of rural farmers.

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  • Paddy Field Day on Khamtey in Tsirang

    Sunkosh KhamteySunkosh, Tsirang: Khamtey, a traditional variety from Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar, is considered as one of the premium rice varieties because of its good eating quality. Owing to its better taste, the market for the variety is assured as signified by the quantities of Khamtey transported from Phuntshothang to other destinations by various entrepreneurs.

    Rice is the main crop in Sunkosh village (350 m) and shares similar agro-ecological conditions particularly the air temperatures with that of Phuntshothang. Considering the similarity, a production evaluation trial on Khamtey was organised by RNRRDSC Tsirang in the 2015 cropping season in collaboration with Tsirang Dzongkhag Agriculture sector and National Biodiversity Center. The seed was originally sourced from Phuntshothang and two farmers from Sunkosh had  volunteered to evaluate. The crop was raised entirely under the existing farmer’s management practices.

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  • Satuwa Awareness Training in Sarpang Dzongkhag

    Paris polyphylla (Photo: Tashi, 2015)
    Paris polyphylla (Photo: Tashi, 2015)

    26 November, Sarpang: Sarpang Dzongkhag has seven non-wood forestry product management and marketing groups. The Dzongkhag Forestry Sector conducted monitoring, review and revision of management plans for the group during the month of October and November 2015. In addition, one of the objectives was to create awareness on Satuwa (Paris polyphylla) as per the directives from the department. The awareness training was conducted in Jigmecholing and Chudzom Gewogs with reference to guidelines for resource assessment and management of Satuwa.

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