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  • Researching Better Winter Wheat varieties for Bumthang

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    Two types of wheat are grown in Bhutan: winter or facultative wheat in the temperate drylands and spring wheat in sub-tropical wetlands or rice-based system. While the spring wheat received maximum research and development focus and 5 new high yielding varieties are available, winter wheat has largely been ignored although it is an important cereal for high altitude farmers and area cultivated is considerable. Of recent, the national wheat program has been paying more attention to winter wheat research and development.

    RNRRDC Jakar has been conducting the Winter Wheat Varietal Improvement Program in collaboration with RNNRDC Bajo (wheat coordinating center) and International Center for Agriculture Research in Dryland Areas (ICARDA) with the aim to identify potential improved varieties vis-à-vis broadening the genetic base in the winter wheat ecosystem and provide variety choice to the farmers. The two years of vigorous on-station testing has resulted in narrowing down to potential 21 lines which need further selection.

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  • BAFRA Training Workshop on Leadership: Understanding Self And Leading Others

    The participants with Hon'ble MoAF Lyonpo, Hon'ble MoAf Secretary, BAFRA DG, CoRRB DG  and Senior Government Officials
    The participants with Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo, Hon’ble MoAf Secretary, BAFRA DG, CoRRB DG and Senior Government Officials

    15 June, Thimphu: With the objective of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the mid-level management staff of BAFRA on leadership and management, three days training workshop for the Officer Incharges of BAFRA on “Leadership: Understanding Self and Leading Others” was held from 9 to 11 June 2015 in Hotel Ariya, Olakha, Thimphu. The training workshop was attended by 31 officials of BAFRA field offices comprising of the Officer Incharges of 20 Dzongkhag BAFRA Offices, Incharges of five Plant and Animal Quarantine Stations and Drungkhag BAFRA Offices.

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  • UWICE Training on Online Database for DoFPS

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    15 June, Bumthang: More than 33 Administration personal from the Department of Forests and Parks Services (DoFPS) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests are attending a week long training at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). This training is an effort to develop  an online database for the staff working at the Department of Forests and Parks Services. The training has been organised by UWICE, DoFPS with objectives to acquaint and enhance the skills of administration officials on the operation aspects of the HR database software.

    After a week long training, it is expected that all HR information will be electronically stored in this database, which would not only maintain and provide accurate  information on existing employees but will also make easy access for the Managers/HROs/ADMs to retrieve their data.

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  • Fodder production training for Shengkar farmers

    UntitledJune 10, Bumthang: The dairy rearing farmers from Shengkhar Chewog under Ura Geog in Bumthang Dzongkhag attended training on improved fodder production organized by the National Center for Animal Nutrition (NCAN), Bumthang.

    The training provided dairy farmers a basic skill on improved fodder production practice and created awareness on addressing fodder shortages during winter through application of appropriate fodder conservation technologies. They were also introduced to operation of fodder chaff cutter machine, making willow silage in plastic bag and feeding Urea Mineral Mixture Block (UMMB) to dairy cow as a supplementary diet during lean season.

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  • Primitive plants sighted in Tsirang

    UntitledA primitive plant species Podocarpusneriifolius is sighted in Tsirang Dzongkhag. The podocarpus belongs to the family of Podocarpaceae in the major Gymnosperms groups (Conifers, Cycads,Podocarpus). Literature reveals that it is found in India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Loas, Combodia etc. Podocarpus is an evergreen plant that grows up to 10-15 meters in between 650 m and 1600 m altitude.

    Because of its distribution and population, it is rare species in Bhutan. Based on the information received from forestry colleague, one single tree each is found in Tashiyangtse and Zhemgang Dzongkhag. In Tsirang, a single tree is sighted in Damphu Higher Secondary School (DHSS) compound and four trees in Majuwa under Kikorthang Geog. The single tree at DHSS probably could have been planted as it is found in the School plantation area where as trees as Majuwa are naturally grown. It is found growing in rocky cliff with natural regeneration limited to undisturbed areas underneath the mother trees. Tsirang Forest Division will initiate raising of nursery seedlings as a conservation measure.

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