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  • Illegal NWFP traders busted by JKSNR in Haa

    Seized Putishing (Neopicrorizha kurroa) from the illegal tarders
    Seized Putishing (Neopicrorizha kurroa) from the illegal tarders

    August 3, 2015, Thimphu: In one of the biggest busts related to illegal trade of Non-Wood Forest Products (NTFPs), Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (earlier called Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve), on 22 July 2015, seized 84 kgs Juru Kewa (Panax pseudogensing) and 116 kgs Putishing (Neopicrorhiza kurroa)  at Chuphaka above Damthang Helipad in Haa.

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  • Nation-wide survey confirms 103 Tigers in Bhutan

    11800383_1036977152981577_8153523749258528659_nJuly, 30, 2015, Thimphu: There are officially 103 tiger individuals (Panthera tigris tigris) roving freely within the wilderness of the country. The estimated range of credible tiger number in the country is within 84 to 124. From 78 tigers estimated in 1998, the tiger population has increased to 103 in 2015. This is 39 percent increase in last 17 years, which is almost more than one tiger every year.

    There is 0.46 tiger for every 100 sq. km of the overall survey area of 28,225 sq. km. However, there are 2 to 3 tigers in every 100 sq. km in areas such as Royal Manas National Park (RMNP), Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) and Zhemgang forest division.

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  • Global Tiger Day 2015 celebrated at Thimphu

    Global Tiger Day Celebration on 29 July 2015
    Global Tiger Day Celebration on 29 July 2015

    30 July 2015, Thimphu: Bhutan celebrated Global Tiger Day 2015, with the theme “Taking stock of Mountain Tigers in Bhutan for a Healthy Environment,”  on 29 July at Royal Convention Centre in Thimphu. Initially declared in 2010 at St. Petersburg in Russia, Global Tiger Day was the consensus of all the 13 Tiger Range Countries to lobby for the support to reverse the dwindling tiger populations and to formulate an overarching global strategy to conserve wild tigers and their natural habitats.

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  • Farm shops inaugurated at Phunstshothang and Norbugang

    Farm shop at Phuntshothang being inauguratedJuly 22, Samdrupjongkhar: Two farm shops at Phuntshothang and Norbugang were inaugurated by Dasho Dungpa, Samdrupcholing Dungkhag Administration and Dasho Dungpa, Nanglam Dungkhag.

    In their inaugural addresses, Dasho Dungpas stated that about 70% of our population is dependent on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. Considering its importance, the Royal Government has been making concerted efforts in supporting the sector in all the development plans. Despite many program interventions, the farming communities are constrained by lack of access to quality and reliable farm inputs, poor infrastructure and market access for their farm produce and acute shortage of farm labour.

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