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  • Sanam Lyonpo attends 14th session of UNCCD COP14  

    The Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Minister of Agriculture & Forests led Bhutan’s delegation to the High-Level Segment of the UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP14) from 9-10 September 2019 held at India Expo Mart Ltd., Greater Noida. Lyonpo was accompanied by the Ambassador of Bhutan in India and senior government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests and Royal Bhutanese Embassy, New Delhi.

    The UNCCD COP14, hosted by the Government of India, began from 2nd September and attended by about 8000 delegates including 93 Ministers from 196 countries; Intergovernmental organizations; Special and UN agencies; Civil Society organizations; and media personnel. The event was aimed at identifying mutually viable solutions to the growing challenges of desertification, land degradation, and drought. The UNCCD was adopted in Paris in 1994 to be a legally binding document for fighting desertification through sustainable land management and has been ratified by 196 countries and the EU.

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  • Consultation meeting between DAOs and National Commodity Coordinators held

    26-29 August, Thimphu: A consultation meeting between the Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers (DAOs) and National Commodity Coordinators was held at the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited hall.

    The meeting discussed the annual performance agreement (APA) 2019-2020 for the department and the implementation modalities of National Organic Flagship Programme. Participants were presented on the preparation of annual work plan and activities. Participants also shared the annual work plan and activities for their respective Dzongkhags and regions.

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  • Livestock Input Farms Strategy and Management Plan launched

    On August 30, the Department of Livestock launched the first edition of Strategy and Management Plan of Livestock Input Farms (August 2019), in pursuit to achieve livestock product self-sufficiency for a prosperous Bhutanese society. The strategy will streamline the mandates and functions of the livestock input farms and commodity centres towards fulfilling 12th five year plan and priorities.

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  • To Happy Retirement – a Tribute to an Agriculturist to the Core

    Mr Ganesh Bahadur Chettri who served in various positions within the Department of Agriculture retired last week after what he described as a memorable, fulfilling and enriching career dedicated to the Tsa-Wa-Sum. The advisor to the Department of Agriculture completed 35 years 5 months having also reached the highest position (ES1) in the civil service.

    Born in 1959 in what is now Yoetsheltse in Samtse, Mr Ganesh B Chettri completed his bachelor’s in agriculture sciences from the University of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Following a six month stint with other graduates in rural Gongthong in Trashigang working on a rural water supply scheme as part of the National Service he joined the Department of Agriculture, then housed at Kawajangsa, in January 1984. He was soon sent to the then recently established Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD) in Bajo, Wangdue as the officer in-charge.

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