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  • EU supports exposure visit to Kerala for representatives of Farmers’ Group and Cooperative

    Participation in VAIGA at Trissur

    A team consisting of 15 (6 female, 9 male) representatives of Farmers’ Group (FGs) and Cooperatives and six officials (1 female, 5 male) of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) are currently undergoing a six-day institutional and exposure visit in Kerala, India for the duration of 6 days (4th to 9th January, 2020). The visit was funded by European Union Technical Cooperation project (EU-TCP) in support of the RNR sector. The tour is being coordinated by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperative (DAMC) and organized by the Vegetable and Fruits Promotion Council, Kerala (VFPCK). The exposure visit is being coordinated with the objective to enhance the capacity of FGs and Coops in field of RNR production, value addition and marketing. The tour provided an opportunity for participants to understand efficient and cost effective production and processing technologies being implemented in India.

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  • Notice inviting tender

    The Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Samtenling invites sealed bids from eligible Bhutanese firms having valid trade License for supplying the following for FY 2019-2020. The bid must be submitted along with other relevant documents on the given period without fail to the Store section, ARDC, Samtenling.

    Sl. No.Tender ParticularSales of TenderSubmission PeriodOpening Period
    1Procurement of Sound System, CCTV, PABX and WIFI6th January,2020  to 5th February,20205th February, 2020. 10:00 AM5th February,2020

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  • Organic Agriculture and Certification training completes

    24-27 December, Paro: Officials including the organic focal officers from 20 Dzongkhags and three agriculture research and development centres (ARDCs) along with BAFRA officials attended the training of trainers on organic agriculture and certification at Namsay Choling Resort. Participants learned about the organic seed production and soil Fertility and nutrient management techniques, Bhutan Organic Guarantee System and relevant organic inspection and monitoring template among others. They also visited the organic demonstration site at the ARDC-Yusipang.

    The Director for Department of Agriculture, Kinlay Tshering graced the closing event and awarded the certificate to participants. The National Organic Programme organized the training with funds from GEF-LDCF Project, UNDP.

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  • Experts discuss usage patterns of Antimicrobials in animals

    25-27 December, Thimphu: Around 55 officials representing trade, health, custom, drug regulatory, livestock, private sectors and OIE met in a workshop to discuss the usage patterns of Antimicrobials in Animals followed by a seminar on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the private livestock sectors in Bhutan.

    The workshop was organized to understand the current regulating mechanisms of Antimicrobial Use (AMU) in livestock, agriculture and others as well as the roles of stakeholders and the private sector in monitoring the AMU. Issues related to AMR such as lack of adequate infrastructure, insufficient and untimely medicine supply, and coordination among the stakeholders were also discussed.

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  • Efforts by Local Governments towards fulfilling Government’s School & Hospital Feeding Program

    With the vision to substitute all food supply to schools and hospitals with locally grown produce, thereby providing ready market access for farmers’ produce, provide students and patients with access to healthy and nutritious food and create employment opportunities for the youth, the School and Hospital Feeding Program (SHFP) was formulated and endorsed by the government in September 2019.

    The SHFP, formulated in a collaborative approach by the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Ministry Education, Ministry Health, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources and relevant SOEs, envisions creating a viable food production and distribution system by enhancing food production and establishing business linkages between producers and institutions (schools and hospitals).

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