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  • Data flow from MoAF to NSB on quarterly basis in the offing

    The Hon’ble Minister, Yeshey Dorji had a brief meeting on 16 May 2016 with two officials from the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) accompanied by Mr. Michael Andrews, Senior Economist from International Monetary Fund, Washington DC; Mr. Kencho Thinley, the Chief Planning Officer and Mr. Chencho Dukpa, the Head of RNR Statistical Coordination Section.

    The Chief, National Accounts and Price Division, NSB apprised the Lyonpo, the command of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to compile national accounts statistics on a quarterly basis. It was reported that the contribution from RNR sector to GDP is about 17% which is quite significant, not to mention that more than 60% of population is dependent on agriculture sector for income and livelihood. As such, a more accurate capture of the RNR sector’s contribution to GDP was critical and the support and intervention of the Lyonpo in making RNR statistics available to NSB on a quarterly basis was sought.

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  • MAGIP’s stakeholders meet Project Implementation Mission

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    May 23, Thimphu: The MAGIP’s stakeholders including its sector managers and focal points met with the Project Implementation Mission at the Ministry’s conference hall. The mission comprising of four members is in the country from May 10-25 to provide guidance in preparing the project completion review report.

    During their stay, the mission visited project sites and met with dairy, vegetables and yak herders groups, lead farmers and Pema Feed Mill in Trashigang among others.

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  • 21 May 2016- Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana- National Holiday

    Lord_Buddha-ParinirvanaAll government offices and schools in the Kingdom of Bhutan will be closed on 21st May 2016 to observe one of the most sacred days of Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana or Duechen Nga Zom.

    Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana or Duechen Nga Zom is observed on the 15th Day of the Fourth Month of Bhutanese calendar which this year falls on 21st May. It was on this day that the Buddha was conceived, born, subdued evil, gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana. It is considered as one of the most auspicious days for Buddhists all over the world.

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  • LOU signed on Assuring Quality and Safety of Food and Agriculture Products

    Letter of Understanding (LOU) Signed for Assuring Quality and Safety of Food and Agriculture Products,
    CEO DNVGL, Dasho Secretary and BAFRA DG at the signing of the LoU

    20 May, 2016, Thimphu: On 19 May 2016, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, Hon’ble Secretary, MoAF, witnessed the signing of a Letter of Understanding (LoU) between Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), MoAF and DNV GL Business Assurance International who has their HQ in Milan, Italy. DNV GL is the prominent International Certification Body with the main expertise in Technical Assessment, Advisory and Risk Analysis for quality and safety of products and services over a wide range of disciplines.

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  • Consultative Workshop to realign Feed & Fodder Development Activities

    Participants from the RLDCs and NRCAN
    Participants from the RLDCs and NRCAN

    18 to 19 May 2016, Bumthang: The consultative meeting was held to realign and overhaul feed and fodder development activities in the country. The meeting attended by officials from the four Regional Livestock Development Centers and the National Research Center for Animal Nutrition, Bumthang deliberated various issues and adopted resolutions keeping in mind the recommendations of recent OD exercise carried out. The key resolutions include development of specific terms of reference (ToR) pertaining to feed and fodder development activities including streamlining of reporting system for NRCAN and RLDCs and strengthening linkages among key stakeholders. The animal nutrition is one of the crucial components of livestock production and as such, sustainability of any livestock based enterprises in the country depends on availability of adequate feed and fodder resources. With clear redefining of roles and responsibilities of the main players, it is expected to improve coordination and take way forward to gear towards achieving feed and fodder self-sufficiency in the country to support sustainable livestock production in the years to come.

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