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  • 12th Board Meeting for CFM held

    web 2March 30, Thimphu: The 12th Board Meeting for Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) was held under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Agriculture and Forests Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji. It was also attended by the Executive Secretary of Thimphu Thromde, representatives from police, marketing and agriculture departments along with vegetable vendors and CFM staff.

    The board meeting discussed various issues like work plan and budget for 2016, appointment of the Vice-Chairman for CFM and proposal of sitting fee for CFM board members to ensure full participation among others.

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  • Bar-Headed Goose and Black Stork birds recorded in WCNP

    Bumthang: On March 21, two birds namely, the Bar-Headed Goose (Anserindicus) and Black Stork (Ciconianigra) were recorded for the first time in Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP).

    Two Bar-Headed Goose were sighted on the banks of the Pralang River while a lone Black Stork was sighted perched on a dead blue pine tree below Pralang Village in Tang geog, both at an elevation of approximately 1680masl. During the daytime, both species feed on wet meadows and in wetlands and rivers. They are classified as Least Concern by IUCN. While the Goose is abundant on the neighbouring Tibetan Plateau and beyond, the Black Stork has long been in decline in Asia due to habitat degradation and is relatively rare.

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  • Armyworm (Mythimna separate) Outbreak Alert, 2016

    Armyworm larvae in Maize
    Armyworm larvae in Maize

    With weather conditions becoming more favorable for the armyworm outbreaks (prolonged dry periods followed by heavy rainfall) , all extension officials are instructed to carry out regular monitoring of the pests particularly in maize fields and paddy nurseries to assist farmers to implement control measures on time.

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  • Call for Application to admission to MSc NRM at CNR

    The College of Natural Resources (CNR) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting application for admission to Master of Science in Natural Resources Management by Research with specialisation in Agriculture, Animal Science and Forestry for the academic year 2016.

    Eligibility Admission will be open to candidates who have completed BSc programme awarded by a recognised University in agriculture, animal science, forestry, environmental and life science with marks of 50% in aggregate.

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  • World Forestry Day 21st March 2016

    The World Forestry Day with theme on “how do forest contribute to our water needs” will be celebrated on World Water Day 2016 on 22nd March 2016 jointly by Department of Forests & Park Services (DoFPS) and National Environment Commission at Samtengang Central School, Wangdue Phodrang. To mark the occasion, DoFPS will be launching Integrated Watershed Management Plan for Baychhu Watershed under Wangdue Dzongkhag. The plan document is developed in an integrated and collaborative manner involving all relevant entities at the watershed level. The approach will be gradually scaled up to cover other degraded watersheds in the entire country based on environmentally sustainable, economically efficient, and socio-culturally equitable and acceptable code of practices. The approach adopted in developing the plan will help in the implementation of National Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (NIWRMP) 2016 developed by NEC.

    To commemorate the World Forestry Day, a TV Spot on Watershed Management will also be aired on BBS channel in the evening of March 22, 2016.

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