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  • RDC Yusipang success in propagating and multiplying the rare Chemshing

    Chemshing in full fruiting during the month of August
    Chemshing in full fruiting during the month of August

    Ziziphus sp. known widely as Chamshing in Bhutan is a hardy deciduous tree under the Rhamnaceae family. The tree is highly revered in Bhutan as its stony seeds are used as rosary beads to enchant prayers in Buddhism. The species is of high conservation importance due to its rarity induced by poor regeneration and lack of scientific studies.

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    1June 15, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Indian Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari accompanied by Shri Gautam Bambawale, the Ambassador of India to Bhutan visited the National Dairy Development Centre, Yusipang. The Delegates were received by the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji and heads of the departments. The centre presented their activities and also highlighted the GoI supports particularly in terms of infrastructure and dairy equipment in a meeting.

    The delegates later visited the RDC Yusipang and attended the centre’s brief presentation. Following the delegates departure, Lyonpo visited the organic trials, green houses, cherry and hazelnut plantation sites and laboratories at RDC Yusipang along with a quick visit to a meat processing unit

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  • Researching Better Winter Wheat varieties for Bumthang

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    Two types of wheat are grown in Bhutan: winter or facultative wheat in the temperate drylands and spring wheat in sub-tropical wetlands or rice-based system. While the spring wheat received maximum research and development focus and 5 new high yielding varieties are available, winter wheat has largely been ignored although it is an important cereal for high altitude farmers and area cultivated is considerable. Of recent, the national wheat program has been paying more attention to winter wheat research and development.

    RNRRDC Jakar has been conducting the Winter Wheat Varietal Improvement Program in collaboration with RNNRDC Bajo (wheat coordinating center) and International Center for Agriculture Research in Dryland Areas (ICARDA) with the aim to identify potential improved varieties vis-à-vis broadening the genetic base in the winter wheat ecosystem and provide variety choice to the farmers. The two years of vigorous on-station testing has resulted in narrowing down to potential 21 lines which need further selection.

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  • BAFRA Training Workshop on Leadership: Understanding Self And Leading Others

    The participants with Hon'ble MoAF Lyonpo, Hon'ble MoAf Secretary, BAFRA DG, CoRRB DG  and Senior Government Officials
    The participants with Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo, Hon’ble MoAf Secretary, BAFRA DG, CoRRB DG and Senior Government Officials

    15 June, Thimphu: With the objective of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the mid-level management staff of BAFRA on leadership and management, three days training workshop for the Officer Incharges of BAFRA on “Leadership: Understanding Self and Leading Others” was held from 9 to 11 June 2015 in Hotel Ariya, Olakha, Thimphu. The training workshop was attended by 31 officials of BAFRA field offices comprising of the Officer Incharges of 20 Dzongkhag BAFRA Offices, Incharges of five Plant and Animal Quarantine Stations and Drungkhag BAFRA Offices.

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  • UWICE Training on Online Database for DoFPS

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    15 June, Bumthang: More than 33 Administration personal from the Department of Forests and Parks Services (DoFPS) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests are attending a week long training at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). This training is an effort to develop  an online database for the staff working at the Department of Forests and Parks Services. The training has been organised by UWICE, DoFPS with objectives to acquaint and enhance the skills of administration officials on the operation aspects of the HR database software.

    After a week long training, it is expected that all HR information will be electronically stored in this database, which would not only maintain and provide accurate  information on existing employees but will also make easy access for the Managers/HROs/ADMs to retrieve their data.

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