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  • Climate change adaptation training workshop in Wangchuck Centennial National Park

    Untitled6-10 July, Bumthang: The management of Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP) is conducting five days climate adaptation training course for 36 participants. The participants include, park staff, health officials, local community leaders, school teachers and extension supervisors residing within the park. The training program is with response to the climate change vulnerability assessment conducted in 2012 with WWF Bhutan and the priority of the park conservation management plan which indicated the need of building local capacity to adapt to changing climate in the park.

    During the five days training workshop, the participants will learn how a changing climate affects conservation and development goals now and in the future. The concepts of climate variability, vulnerability, impacts, adaptation, how adaptation differs from current work and what it has in common will also be discussed. It will make participants aware of the importance of integrating people, species, and ecosystems into our work and be familiar with vulnerability assessment in climate adaptation and mitigation work at appropriate scales and timeframes.

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  • 1st PSC meeting for EUTCP in support of RNR Sector held

    Meeting held at Hotel Migmar, Thimphu
    Meeting held at Hotel Migmar, Thimphu

    6 July 2015, Thimphu: The 1st PSC meeting for EUTCP in support of RNR Sector was conducted at Hotel Migmar, Thimphu. The objective of the meeting was to sensitise the PSC members on the EUTCP, provide update on the progress of the project and also approve the work-plan and procurement plan for the 1st Operational Programme Estimate.
    The meeting was Chaired by the Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and was participated in by the Head of Departments/Agencies and their representatives under the Ministry with representative from Ministry of Finance and GNHCS in their capacity as members for the PSC. The EU Delegation from Delhi participated as observer.

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  • The International Day of Co-operatives Celebrated

    DSC053544 July Thimphu. The International day of Co-operatives which falls on the first Saturday of the month of July every year was celebrated by planting asparagus and by launching cooperatives song above Tandrin Ney by Hon’ble Lyoenchen Tshering Tobgay accompanied by MoAF Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, MoAF Secretary, Members of parliament, officials from the Ministry and the volunteers from famer’s group and cooperative groups under Thimphu Dzongkhag.

    The International Day of Cooperatives this year marked and celebrated ‘Equality’ as the identified theme of the day. The Department of Agriculture Marketing and cooperatives (DAMC), MoAf coordinated the event to exercise the mandate to implement the Cooperatives (Amendment) Act of Bhutan (CAP), 2009.

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  • Five companies certified by ISO 22000:2005

    Recipient of ISO 22000 certificates

    2 July Thimphu. Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests awarded the ISO 22000:2005 certificates to five companies namely Bhutan Agro Industry Limited, Thimphu; Bhutan Milk and Agro Private Limited, Phuentsholing; Druk Air In-flight Catering, Druk Air Corporation Limited, Paro; Terma Linca Resort and Spa, Thimphu and Zimdra Food Pvt. Limited, Phuentsholing.

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  • Evaluating the Cooking and Eating Quality of a New Rice Variety through Organo-Leptic Test in RDC Bajo

    Untitled30 June, 2015, Bajo: RDC Bajo conducted an organo-leptic testing of a new rice variety, IR 28, on 30 of June 2015.  Organo-leptic testing is an analysis of the properties of food products by means of the sense organs. Organo-leptic testing is usually done by tasters on the basis of taste, odour, colour, texture and appearance. It is generally used worldwide to evaluate the quality of wines, tea, tobacco, chesse, butter and canned food. RDC Bajo used the method to determine the cooking and eating quality of IR 28 rice variety. The eating quality of rice has a direct relation with the consumer preference and therefore, it is important to test the acceptability of a new variety.  It is also a crucial variety trait which determines the spread and adoption of new varieties by the farmers.

    The organo-leptic test assessed the cooking and eating quality of IR 28 (an improved rice variety from IRRI due for release after extensively evaluated by RDC Bajo in Wangdue-Punakha valley) against IR 64 which is currently one of the best improved varieties grown in the mid-altitude regions of the country. Staff and ESPs of RDC Bajo participated in the rice quality test and ratings from 30 random samples were taken.  The test ratings were based on basic rice quality traits such as taste, texture, flufiness, softness (when cooked/cooled), aroma, colour and general appearance. The result showed that 60% of the respondants reported IR 28 as ‘better than IR 64’, while 27% rated as ‘similar to IR 64’ and only 13% rated ‘not better than   IR 64”.  Overall, IR 28 outscored IR 64 in terms of cooking and eating quality, thus paving way for possible release next year. Among the hundreds of improved rice germplasm evaluated at RDC Bajo in the last 6 years, IR 28 has consistently performed well in the mid altitude zone.

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