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  • Taki – Sakura Cherry planted to commemorate 30th Anniversary

    Ceremonial plantation of Taki-Sakura being planted by Former Deputy Mayor of Miharu, Mr. Kunikaharu Hashimoto together with Agriculture and Forest Secretary
    Ceremonial plantation of Taki-Sakura by Former Deputy Mayor of Miharu, Mr. Kuniharu Hashimoto and Agriculture and Forest Secretary

    4 March, 2016, Dechencholing: As part of the official event to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries, three ceremonial Taki – Sakura Cherry (Weeping Cherry/Waterfall Cherry) tree seedlings were planted at Floriculture and Amenity Landscaping Centre at Dechencholing yesterday. A total of 12 seedlings were donated by the people of Miharu town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan which the remaining seedlings were planted afterwards.

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  • Mass Rabies Vaccination Campaign held at Samdrupjongkhar

    Untitled-1Samdrupjonkhar: The incidences of the puppies’ death due to weakness and extreme cold stress were reported in Orong geog in December 2015. Later, a case of a Jersey cross calf bitten by own pet dog at Melung village in lower Orong was reported to the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital (DVH). The dog was observed clinically for its unusual behaviours however, it died after three days. A team from DVH visited the site with the rapid test kits (RTK) for sample collection. The test showed significant result indicating rabies virus infection. Later, the tested sample at the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) reconfirmed the rabies.

    Similar cases were reported again at Orong, Narphung and Samdrupjongkhar Thromdey areas where another two calves bitten tested positive. The Dzongkhag Livestock Sector reported to the concerned Departments for further investigation to reduce the risk of human transmission.

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  • MAGIP to conduct its 3rd Annual Outcome Survey

    DSCN0404The 3rd Annual Outcome Survey (AOS) of the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) would be conducted this month in three of its project Dzongkhags. Towards this end, a workshop was conducted from March 1-3 at Samdrup Jongkhar to train and pre-test the study instruments. The workshop was attended by the officials from the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) and 15 extension officials from the project Dzongkhags who would be carrying out the survey.

    The training and pre-testing for the conduct of the AOS was coordinated by the PCU MAGIP in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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  • 2nd Batch Nature Guide & Ecotourism Course in UWICE

    IMG_02111The second batch “Nature Guide & Ecotourism Course” started in UWICE from 1st March 2016 for two months. During the two-month course, trainees will be taught basics in identification of plantsmammalsbutterflies, and birds. They will be introduced to mist netting and banding of birds, besides the field excursion to gain hands-on experience in taxonomic skills. Twenty five applied but only fifteen participated for the course.


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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo’s Message on World Wildlife Day 2016

    The United Nation’s General Assembly has proclaimed March 3 as the World Wildlife Day and on the occasion of this important day, Bhutan is joining hands across the globe to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

    In particular, this year’s theme “the future of wildlife is in our hands” with elephants being the main focus of global campaign reinforces the inextricable link between wildlife, people and sustainable development. Studies have shown that species are disappearing at 50 to 100 times the natural rate of extinction. This is happening mainly because of unsustainable human activities through habitat destruction brought about by unchecked change in land use and by poaching for trading wildlife and its parts. Poaching and illegal wildlife trade has reached unprecedented levels globally and is considered almost equivalent in value to that of drugs smuggling. In just about two years from 2010-2012 more than 100,000 elephants were poached for its ivory in Africa and Asia.

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