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  • Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project for Ministry

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan has obtained a grant of USD 8.00 million from Global Agriculture and Food Security Program for the project titled ‘Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project’.The project will be housed in the Department of Agriculture and implemented by Department of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives, with the World Bank and FAO as the supervising entity and technical assistance partner, respectively. The proposed PDO is to increase agricultural productivity and enhance market linkages in selected rural districts in south-west Bhutan. the project will be implemented in five Dzongkhags of south-western Bhutan including, Chukha, Dagana, Haa, Samtse, and Sarpang.

    In order to implement the project we will need to follow the Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) developed for the purpose of this project. The project ESMF and translation of the executive summary in Dzongkha are hereby being disclosed on the website of the Ministry as well as that of the five participating Dzongkhags so that all relevant stakeholders are aware and mindful of considerations for Environmental and Social concerns to be addressed while participating or implementing this project.

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  • Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation underway in New Delhi

    20160412_165221April 12-14, New Delhi: The 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation is underway in New Delhi. Hosted by Government of India (GoI) and co-organised by the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and the Global Tiger Initiative Council (GTIC), the conference is convened at a time when Global Media reports the first increase of global wild tigers by 20% from the 2010 baseline of 3200 tigers. Today, the population of global wild tiger is estimated at 3890.

    The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister emphasised the need for collective efforts among the Tiger Range Countries (TRC’s).

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  • Consultation meeting on Vegetable Go To School Project

    Untitled-1April 8, Thimphu: A consultation meeting on Vegetable Go To School (VeGoTs ) Project was held at Hotel Rochogpel with nine delegates from Nepal Vegetable Go To School Project, official from Policy and Planning Division and country’s team members from the Department of School Health and Nutrition and Department of Agriculture (DoA). The meeting was chaired by Ganesh Chhetri, the Offtg. Director General of DoA.

    The meeting shared the experiences and update on the project achievements implemented in last three years with funding from Asian Vegetable Research Development Center (AVRDC) Taiwan through Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC).

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  • Training on Climate Smart Scientific Goat Production and Management

    DSC_0086Bumthang: A Training of Trainers course on Scientific Goat Production and Management was held from March 28-31 for the livestock production and extension staff of the goat rearing Dzongkhags and the focal person of the Regional Livestock Development Centres. The training first of its kind; enhanced the basic knowledge and skills on scientific goat production and management. It was organised by the National Highland Research and Development Centre (NH-RDC), Jakar, formerly known as RDC-Jakar.

    Goat is one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans about 9000 years ago. There are 200 different breeds of goat, producing a variety of products such as milk, meat and fine fibers. Besides, goats are being used for biological control of noxious weeds in many countries. In Bhutan, goats are reared mostly in the southern region for meat, manure, religious reasons and commercial purposes.

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