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  • Ninth South Asia and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network meeting

    25- 27 April, Thimphu: The Nature Conservation Division under Department of Forests and Park Services in collaboration with Bhutan National Commission for UNESCO under Ministry of Education and UNESCO New Delhi office organised the Ninth South Asia and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network (SACAM) meeting in Thimphu with the theme “Citizen Science in Biosphere Reserves”.

    The first two day of the meeting focused on introduction to MAB, sharing of experiences and opportunities from Biosphere Reserve network in South and Central Asia. The third day will be field visit to Bhutan’s proposed MAB site at Lampelri Royal Botanical Park.

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  • Bhutan and UN’s FAO agree five year plan to improve food and nutrition security

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    Allan Dow, FAO Regional Communication Officer (Asia-Pacific)

    Wangchuk Lhamo, Programme Assistant, FAO Bhutan

    25/04/2019, Thimphu, Bhutan – The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) this week announced the development of a five-year Country Programming Framework (CPF) on technical cooperation and partnership to improve food and nutrition security.

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  • Bird Flu outbreak at Dhamdara under control

    Chukha: A bird flu outbreak which was reported on April 9 killing 264 poultry birds in local backyard and semi-commercial poultry farms in Dhamdara, Phuentsholing is now under control.

    The general public are urged not to get alarmed since the disease is contained at the source of outbreak and required control measures are already put in place. However, the public are advised to take precautions like washing of hands after handling poultry, chicken and eggs with soap and water.

    The disease was confirmed through a laboratory test at the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Serbithang using reverse transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction test. Following the confirmation, the National Incident Command Committee chaired by the Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests immediately activated the Incident Operation Centre (IOC) at Thromde Veterinary Hospital/Satellite Laboratory in Phuentsholing with the rapid response team for immediate containment and response to the outbreak.

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  • Dairy processing and product diversification training for Lhuentse farmers

    Participants

    With the objectives to increase dairy product diversification and improve marketing value chain, the two operating dairy farmer groups namely, Tangmachu and Minjey consisting of 82 participants were trained on dairy processing and product diversification. During the entire training, farmers attended a practical session on processing of yoghurt, lassi and paneer.

    “Out of many training we attended, today’s training program is practical one and useful for making organic and local yoghurt, lessi and paneer. With this training, our group will be able to generate more income through diversifying the dairy products which can be easily sold at local markets. Now I am confident in making paneer and lassi, I will try making it at home for self-consumption”, said a 42 year old Wangchuk, the group Secretary of Tangmachu.

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  • Promoting Yak Value Chain through transboundary cooperation in Kangchenjunga Landscape

    The Agriculture Secretary met with KL team from Nepal and India on April 2

    The transboundary Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL) in the eastern Himalaya is shared by Bhutan, India and Nepal. Yak herding culture and economy have connected this landscape for centuries. However low returns associated with lack of socio-economic development besides issues around climate change is leading to gradual decline in yak farming across the landscape.

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