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  • Fourth Annual Rhododendron festival at Royal Botanical Park concludes successfully

    The park harbours 29 of the 46 Rhododendron species found in Bhutan
    The park harbours 29 of the 46 Rhododendron species found in Bhutan

    15 – 17 April 2016, Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi: The Fourth Annual Rhododendron Festival held from 15 to 17 April 2016 at the Royal Botanical Park at Lamperi near Dochula pass showcasing 29 of the 46 Rhododendrons found in Bhutan concluded yesterday. The festival was celebrated with the theme, ‘Bio-cultural Diversity’ exhibiting the park’s biodiversity and variety of park resident’s culture.

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  • Livestock’s timely services save a life

    Untitled-1Pemagatshel: On the late evening of April 10, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector had to respond to an unknown caller. The caller voice was very feeble and she was trying to address her problem, however she was not able to do so. What was clear at the end of conversation was that she needed our help to treat her cow. As usual, our team rushed to the site hastily with the emergency medical kits through the bumpy and dusty road at the maximum speed.

    Upon reaching the site, it was an emotional moment to see whole family in tears. Their pricy milking cow was lying and awaiting for death. We consoled them that the team would do the best to save her life which was producing 10 litres of milk and was a sole bread earner for the family. For a poor farmer, a cow that produces 10 litres of milk is a big asset to them and the wellbeing of the family was in the jeopardy.

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  • CIMMYT and ICAR Wheat scientists visit RDC Bajo

    Untitled-1Wangdue: On April 10, three wheat scientists, Dr. Arun Joshi from CIMMYT-Nepal, Dr. Girish Mishra from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Dr. Ravish Chatrath from the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal under ICAR visited RDC-Bajo.

    The main purpose of their visit was to assess the ongoing collaborative wheat research activities, monitor the rust situation and explore the areas of future collaboration in wheat Research and Development. Such field visit during the wheat season from the international and regional wheat centres have been an annual event since 2011. The field crops researchers also participated during the visit for the discussion and interaction with the visiting team.

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  • Broom Grass Farming and Making, an alternative source of income in Sarpang

    Untitled-1Sarpang: The Broom grass, scientifically known as Thysanolaena maxima, has emerged as one of the most widely cultivated cash crops in Gakidling geog. It is from Poaceae family and commonly known as kucho/amlisho, in southern Bhutanese language. It is grown in the marginal fallow lands by two non-wood forest product (NWFP) groups of Sangkha and lower Muga villages.

    The villagers cultivate kucho as a mixed crop for its inflorescences or clusters of flowers that are used for making brooms. It provides fodder during the lean period every year as well. Broom grass is a unique gift, an eco-friendly product that brings the rural communities closer to nature from the start of each day as one cleans the floor with broom grass every morning.

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