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  • World Food Day observed in Sakteng

    October16, Trashigang: The World Food Day (WFD) is observed every year on 16 October to mark the foundation day of FAO since its inception in 1945. The day is also marked to understand the various efforts made by UN organizations like FAO, WFO, UNICEF and WHO towards providing nutritious food for needy ones around the globe during the difficult situations. To mark the day, various events were organised in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.

    This year, the day in Bhutan was marked in Sakteng Lower Secondary School, Trashigang with School Agriculture Program (SAP) Annual awards. Around 1600 spectators including students, teachers, government officials, community leaders, farmers, parents and members of UN organizations gathered to mark the day with the global theme, ‘Our actions are our future, healthy diets for zero hunger world,’. The day promoted worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diet for all. WFD is a platform to showcase our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as well as to celebrate the progress towards reaching Zero Hunger world.

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  • Natural Product Development Facility at Dzedokha village Launched

    21 October, Chukha: The Natural Product Development Facility at Dzedokha village in Loggchina Geog, Chhukha Dzongkhag was inaugurated on 21st October 2019. The event was graced by Dasho Drungpa, Phuntsholing accompanied by Program Director, National Biodiversity Center (NBC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) and other officials from the Dungkhag and the Ministry.

    The facility was developed in collaboration with the NBC, GEF-UNDP Small Grant Programme and the Dzedokha Phacheng Detshen. The facility is being operated as a social enterprise by three operators identified by the Dzedokha Phacheng Detshen under the Access and Benefit Sharing framework.

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  • Inauguration of Bir Kulo Irrigation Somlachen village, Dophuchen Gewog, Dorokha Drungkhag, Samtse Dzongkhag 22nd October 2019

    H.E Lyonpo Lok Nath Sharma, Minister for MoEA & Ms. Kinlay Tshering, Director, DoA inaugurating the Irrigation system

    His Excellency Lyonpo Lok Nath Sharma, Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs today inaugurated the 2.1 km Bir Kulo Irrigation system, which was constructed by Department of Agriculture through Food Security & Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP). FSAPP is funded by Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Trust Fund through the World Bank. It is a five years project which started in 2017-2018 fiscal year and will end on 30th December 2022.

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  • Press Release on Agriculture Transformation tour to Ten Dzongkhags

    The Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF) accompanied by officials from  Policy and Planning Division (PPD), Regional Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives (RAMCO), Regional Research Centers and Projects completed a visit to ten Dzongkhag between 4th to 20th October 2019. The Dzongkhags covered were Dagana, Tsirang, Sarpang, Zhemgang in the central south region and the six eastern Dzongkhags. In between the 10 Dzongkhags visit, the Minister also attended World Food Day celebration at Sakteng School on 16th October 2019.

    The main purpose of the visit to the Dzongkhags was to sensitize on government’s initiative on Agriculture Transformation from subsistence farming to commercial farming. While market assurance with post harvest management and value chain process is found crucial to encourage mass scale production by the famers, backed up by Farm Mechanization Corporation Limited (FMCL) and Bhutan Livestock Corporation Limited (BLDCL), internalizing the market prior to export, has as well, been important and urgent. The Ministry, in this line, initiated two supplementing programmes of School and Hospital Feeding Program (SHFP) and a Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) Enterprise Development opportunities. This Agricultural Transformation beginning with SHFP and RNR-ED is expected to acquire food self sufficiency and nutrition security in a focused approach, open up opportunities of youth employment and generate revenue through high-end exports.

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  • Bhutanese Farmer wins the Agriculturalist Award 2019

    A Bhutanese Dairy Farmer, Ms. Chimmi Dema, an aspiring dairy farmer from Gogona, Wangduephodrang received a prestigious FAO’s “Model Agriculturalists” award on 18th October 2019 at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.The Assistant Director General of FAO RAP presented the FAO’s annual Asia-Pacific award to Ms. Chimmi Dema and four other Asian and Pacific farmers for their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production.

    Ms. Chimi Dema is a progressive dairy farmer in Gogona under Gangtey gewog in Wangdue Phodrang. She is an active member and also serves as the dairy technician at the Milk Processing Unit (MPU) of Gogona Gonor Yargay Chethuen Detshen. Finding dairy enterprise as a promising enterprise for cash income generation, she and her husband planned to strengthen their dairy business last year (2018). They applied for a Priority Sector Lending (PSL) loan to build and expand their dairy farming business. With the loan from the PSL, they build an improved dairy shed and bought 20 Holstein Friesian dairy cows. With the addition of these dairy cows, the milk supply to the MPU has increased and this has helped the Gogona Gonor Yargay Chethuen Detshen to supply more dairy products to consumers in Wangduephodrang and in Thimphu.

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