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  • Bhutan Observed World Wildlife Day 2021

    March 3, Thimphu: World Wildlife Day is an annual event observed globally on March 3 to raise awareness on wild fauna and flora and to address the plight of wildlife worldwide. Bhutan has been regularly observing the day since its first global commemoration in 2014 and this year, the day was observed at the Royal Takin Preserve, jointly organized by the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and WWF Bhutan.

    Observed on the theme “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species, and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, the organizers were joined by other conservation partners such as Bhutan for Life Secretariat, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation, Bhutan Foundation, Bhutan Ecological Society, UNDP-SGP, and Youth Advocacy Network Bhutan.

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  • Demonstration on nursery making for urban and peri-urban farming beneficiaries

    1 March, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture organized a half day demonstration programme on nursery raising by using poly tunnel plastic as a part of the Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Programme at Bebena. Members from 20 groups participated and learned to raise nurseries for certain crops using poly tunnel.

    The nurseries for certain vegetables are raised for ideal vegetative growth, less affected with the incidence of various pests and diseases and to improve their mortality in the field during and after plantation.

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  • Awareness training on Bhutan standard for GAP: Fruits and Vegetables

    1-2 March, Punakha: Eight farmers of Genekha, Phobji and Gangtey, Nahi and Talo of Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu Dzongkhags along with the agriculture extension supervisors of these gewogs and BAFRA Inspectors of Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu are attending an awareness training on Bhutan Standard for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): Fruits and Vegetables. Resource Persons are the GAP Focal Officer from the Department of Agriculture, BAFRA-HQ and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    FAO provided fund support for development of common SAARC GAP standard upon request of the countries and regional project was developed in 2015. Accordingly, Bhutan Standard for Good Agricultural Practices: Fruits and Vegetables was developed in 2017 which is align with ASEAN and Global GAP. As per the standard, the Department of Agriculture was identified as the scheme owner and BAFRA as the third certification body.

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  • Smart engineering of Yak Products for better economy

    26 February, Wangdue: The high altitude and rough mountains with shorter summer and longer winter limits the agriculture farming to the highlanders. The northern alpine regions are home to various nomadic communities starting from Haa in the western Bhutan to Merak and Sagteng in the extreme eastern regions. Yak farming is indispensable to these communities for their livelihood since immortal. Lately, there is a decline in yak farming mainly due to hardships and low return income and opportunities as compared to urban areas and low land.

    Therefore, in order to make yak herding and dairying activities more attractive and encourage especially for the younger generation, it is essential to progress towards smart profitable enterprise development interventions.

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  • Training on mapping of water sources/springs in Bhutan

    The issue of water scarcity is increasing in the country. They are mainly linked to diminishing water discharges owing to drying up of water sources/springs caused by degradation of forests that function as water recharge areas (springsheds) and the concern has been expressed right from the throne in one of the His Majesty’s addresses to the nation during the COVID19 lockdown.

    The Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests committed and assured full support for undertaking springshed mapping to understand the status and assess the health of the water sources/springs in the country.

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