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  • 5th RBFE inaugurated in Samdrup Jongkhar

    21 February, Samdrup Jongkhar:  His Majesty The King graced the inauguration of the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) at Tendrelthang. The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey along with the Royal Family members also graced the event. The Prime Minister, the Ambassador of India to Bhutan and the invitees were also present.

    The exhibition with a theme, ‘Building clean, safe, organised and beautiful living environments for general well-being and happiness’ is dedicated to the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty. It aims to promote floriculture and educate the public on the impact of creating clean, safe, organised and beautiful urban spaces.

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  • Electric fencing proving successful in khoma

    Electric fencing of farmland is gaining popularity among many farmers across the country. They say that electric fence help in reducing crop damages. Therefore, it aids to increase crop cultivation with plethora of diversification. Farmers also spend less time guarding crops and it is helping in the downsizing the fallow land in the area.

    A Babtong village in khoma geog is located around 6km from the geog center and with the funding support from BTFEC through Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, a total area of 31 Acres belonging to 26 households mostly of paddy field were fenced with electricity in the year 2015. It was almost running three year under operation as of today and no problem been foreseen so far.

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  • New fish and bird species for Bhutan, recorded from Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS)

    Striped dwarf catfish (Mystus vittatus)

    Kinga Norbu, Forestry Officer

    Distribution

    Striped dwarf catfish is a species of catfish of the family Bagridae. It is found in brackish water systems with marginal vegetation in lakes and swamps with a mud substrate of Asian countries of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and probably Myanmar. However, in PWS it was first recorded in 2017 and consecutively in 2018 in running Singye stream at an elevation of 213 masl (26°46’18.78″N; 90°11’23.83″E). The population is known to be decreasing in recent past, due to catching, pet trading and habitat destruction (IUCN, 2010).

    Morphometrics

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  • Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA) Volume II Launched

    February 15, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture launched the second volume of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture. The opening was graced by Aum Kinlay Tshering, Hon’ble Director, Department of Agriculture at DoA conference hall. The Director put on record her appreciation to the authors, reviewers and editorial board members for their contribution and for putting in extra effort to publish this edition successfully. She emphasized the importance of continuously working towards improving the quality of the journal and to encourage young researchers to develop a habit of scientific writing.

    This edition comprises technical papers from crop production, digital soil mapping, economics, post harvest management, agro-biodiversity and morpho-agronomic analysis of new crop varieties.

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  • National Training Workshop on Evolutionary Plant Breeding 11-18 February 2019

    A week-long training workshop on Evolutionary Plant Breeding for the National Project Stakeholders is underway at Gelephu. The on-farm conservation Project on Evolutionary Plant Breeding “Use of genetic diversity and Evolutionary Plant Breeding for enhanced farmer resilience to climate change, sustainable crop productivity, and nutrition under rain-fed conditions” is supported by IFAD through Biodiversity International. It is an International project coordinated by Bioversity International, Rome and will be implemented in six countries (Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, Uganda, Ethiopia and Jordan). The project will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of rice and bean on-farm diversity in the proposed project sites exploiting the concept of evolutionary plant breeding.

    The objectives of the training workshop are to enhance the capacity of the national project stakeholders on evolving concepts of evolutionary plant breeding, on-Farm crop genetic diversity assessment and seed systems, and social ecological assessment. The training workshop is organized by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang, with technical support from the International Project Coordinating Unit, the Bioversity International, Rome. It is attended by the participants from the Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centres and the extension officials from the proposed project sites. The project will be implemented in 6 sites covering five Dzongkhags representing four agro-ecological zone. The project will identify climate resilient technologies for conservation, development and sustainable use of crop diversity.

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