October 5-9, Paro: A national level workshop on REDD+ Safeguards and multiple benefits was organised at Namsaycholing Resort. The participants included the members of Technical Working Group (TWG) on Safeguards, members of other TWGs for REDD+ Program in Bhutan and other relevant stakeholders.
Although Bumthang already grows rice variety called “Jakar Rey Naab”, research is underway to diversify and introduce three more varieties. Towards that, two-day farmers’ field days were conducted on 8 and 9 October 2015.
October 7-8, Thimphu: The third annual Jomolhari Mountain Festival was held at Dangochong, near Jomolhari base camp. It was organised by Jigme Dorji National Park in collaboration with the communities of Soe Yutoe, Soe Yaksa, Nubri and Jomolhari School. The Director General of the Department of Forest and Park Services graced the festival as the Chief guest where more than 150 people from the Jomolhari region gathered to witness and participate in the event. Besides the local people, the turnout of the foreign tourist for the festival has increased as compared to the previous years.
October 12, Thimphu: A team of 15 business delegation from the Federation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi, India called on Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The delegates discussed on the intensification of economic cooperation between India and Bhutan and also on the collaboration on the emerging business opportunities in different sectors.
Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, was on tour of four Dzongkhags, from 5-10 October 2015. He was accompanied by official from Ministry and RNR field officials in respective Dzongkhags.