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  • Inauguration of Pateri irrigation channel at Kabisa

    unnamed30 November Punakha. His Excellence the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo inaugurated the 3km Pateri irrigation channel from Ngalachen to Pateri in Kabjisa, Punakha dzongkhag. The irrigation is to benefit some 43 household comprising of around 100 acres of wetland (Chuzhing). The initiation was in line with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest’s (MoAF) objective to achieve rice self-sufficiency. The Ministry aims to achieve at least 65% to 70% rice self-sufficiency by the end of 11th Five Year Plan. This project costing of Nu.7.526 Million was funded by the World Bank.

    Pateri Chiwog in Punakha has always been dependent on seasonal rainfall for several years for the cultivation of their crops. The little irrigation water available was not enough for the paddy cultivation. Correspondingly in 2008 to 2009 Pateri suffered with no rainfall and almost no yield. Hence Pateri gup in his welcome speech highlighted that, as a result they had to leave acres of land fallow without paddy cultivation. He added ‘it was the year when we even suffered from poverty.’ With the help of Dasho Dzongdha and Agriculture Ministry, Pateri gup said they had received wheat and vegetable seeds which had helped them with their sustainability.

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  • Getting practical to combat avian influenza

    Demonstration on 3D operation

    27 November-3 December, Gelephu: Fifty-eight officials from the livestock, health, disaster management, regulatory and quarantine, and police along with two farmers from Juprey, Gelephu are attending a seven day simulation training on avian influenza A (H7N9 and H5N1) to understand the real bird flu outbreak situation for its effective containment.

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  • Buckwheat flour at B-COOP Shop

    UntitledBuckwheat is considered as one of the staple food items in the country.In the last few years, there seems to be a decline in buckwheat flour consumers leading to production declination as well. But today, considering the major health benefits of the product, i.e. lowering the risk of diabetes and also other lifestyle related diseases, people have shown a lot of interest towards the product.

    And incase if you are the one looking forward to changing your diet regime and shifting to a healthy diet plan, please start by trying the naturally grown buckwheat from Haa. A group of dedicated farmers from Langpa Nobgang Sanam Detshen, Haa Dzongkhag, are not only focusing towards revamping the buckwheat production but also trying to produce on a large scale employing many individuals. These groups of concerned farmers are also looking forward to preserving our age old healthy delicious food items such as Khule, Puta, Hoentey, etc. associated to Buckwheat, which are not consumed these days mainly due to non-availability of Buckwheat flour.

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  • Buckwheat Flour Trial Marketing

    UntitledHis Excellency the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan inaugurated the Buckwheat flour trial marketing by Langpa-Nobgang Sonam Detshen from Samar Geog in Haa on 23 November, 2014. The opening of the trial marketing has been attended by H. E. the Agriculture Minister, Secretary and heads of the different departments from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

    The main objective of the trial marketing has been focused on making the consumers aware of the availability of the product at different locations such as B-Coop shops at main town and Motithang (above BoD). The trial marketing was organized and supported by the farmers group, Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector-Haa and DAMC.

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