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  • Sanam Lyonpo visits Samar and Eusu gewogs

    Haa: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor visited the high altitude paddy trial field at Samar and protected cultivation (green house) site at Eusu on July 23.

     Jakar Rey Naab, a cold tolerant paddy variety which matures early is cultivated in 0.70 acres of land in Balamna, Samar gewog as per the technical recommendation starting from 2016. Balamna is at 2600 masl. Khangma Maap variety which was first tried at the site did not do well due to susceptibility to blast disease.

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  • GPS/GIS training for livestock officials

    22-26 July, Jakar: The National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC), Bumthang organised five days training on basic GPS/GIS for officials of NHRDC, National Research and Development Centre for Animal Nutrition and Brown Swiss Cattle Farm. Kuenzang Dorji, the resource person from the Nature Study Centre, Khebeythang in Wangdue facilitated the training.

    The training provided basic hands-on-skills in global positioning system (GPS) using smart phones and orient participants to mapping software such as quantum geographical system application that supports viewing, editing and analysis of geospatial data.

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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo meets FDI experts

    The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo,Yeshey Penjor meets a team of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the Arsenalogic Technologies Private Limited on July 19. The team shared the FDI proposals in terms of fishery and cordyceps among others with potential opportunities in Bhutan due to its pristine water and abundance natural resources.

    In another meeting, Lyonpo met with the Chief Executive Officer of NEXCON, Bhutan, Michael J. Spolum (left in picture) who presented an overview to ensure Bhutan’s potential for high-value and high-volume agricultural value chain, generate employment and enhance food-security.

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  • First National Organic Board meeting held

    22 July, Thimphu: The first National Organic Board meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji to discuss the implementation status of National Organic Flagship Programme (NOFP).

    NOFP is a cross sectoral program requiring strong alliance and coordination. It will operate within the broad framework of two tier modalities (i) The National Organic Board (NOB) (ii) The National Working Group (NWG). NOB is the highest decision making body for the organic flagship program.

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  • Agreement signed in Tsirang to ensure drinking water

    22 July, Tsirang: The service providers, Thakhorling Community Forest Management Group and Khuchi Darachu Community Forest Management Group under Patsaling gewog and the service users, public residing in Damphu Municipal area under Kilkhorthang gewog signed the agreement for drinking water. Having water shortage in Tsirang, Pawkhola serves as one of the most reliable water sources for Damphu, Barshong, Mendrelgang and Patsaling, Kilkhorthang and Rangthangling gewogs. Pawkhola stream is located at around 18 km from Damphu towards Darachu.

    The service providers agreed to carryout conservation and watershed management activities like maintaining buffer of 100 m radius to ensure proper recharging of spring sources, plantation of native species to rehabilitate degraded watersheds, guarding the entire watershed area from illegal extractions of forest resources, clearing stream channels in Pawkhola and limiting livestock grazing in the watershed area. The service users will contribute minor financial support to compensate as a sense of ownership for protecting water source.

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