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  • Primitive plants sighted in Tsirang

    UntitledA primitive plant species Podocarpusneriifolius is sighted in Tsirang Dzongkhag. The podocarpus belongs to the family of Podocarpaceae in the major Gymnosperms groups (Conifers, Cycads,Podocarpus). Literature reveals that it is found in India, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Loas, Combodia etc. Podocarpus is an evergreen plant that grows up to 10-15 meters in between 650 m and 1600 m altitude.

    Because of its distribution and population, it is rare species in Bhutan. Based on the information received from forestry colleague, one single tree each is found in Tashiyangtse and Zhemgang Dzongkhag. In Tsirang, a single tree is sighted in Damphu Higher Secondary School (DHSS) compound and four trees in Majuwa under Kikorthang Geog. The single tree at DHSS probably could have been planted as it is found in the School plantation area where as trees as Majuwa are naturally grown. It is found growing in rocky cliff with natural regeneration limited to undisturbed areas underneath the mother trees. Tsirang Forest Division will initiate raising of nursery seedlings as a conservation measure.

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  • Field Staff Capacity building for enhancing rice production

    Participants with the main resource person (Front row from Second from left)
    Participants with the main resource person (Front row Second from left)

    Bhur, May 26-29, 2015: As part of improving rice productivity and production in the country, a four-day basic rice production training was organised for extension agents and field technicians at RDC Bhur in Sarpang Dzongkhag from May 26-29, 2015. Twenty extension agents from Sarpang, Samdrup Jongkhar and Zhemgang Dzongkhags and six research assistants/field technicians from RDC Bajo, Bhur, Yusipang and National Seed Centre attended the training.

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  • Mini Tiller MS88 proves effective

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), Department of Agriculture (DoA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forest imported two units of Mitsubishi Mini Power Tiller MS88 in May 2015 to explore the effectiveness and efficiency of the machine in hilly areas. Weighing only 140 kilograms, the sample of medium size patrol engine power tiller was brought under pre-demonstration test at Agriculture Machinery Training Centre, AMC on 4th June 2015.

    After the test, this machine was found to be effective and efficient while ensuring quality of performance in the field. Another added feature of the machine is that it can be handled and operated by a woman. The machine is being introduced to strengthen farm mechanization services to the farmers in high terrace and narrow field.

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  • Bambusa allamii and Himalayacalamus hookerianus: An alternative to Yula

    Cane and bamboo play an integral role in supporting livelihood of people at Bjoka Gewog, Zhemgang. More than 90% of the households in the Gewog use these resources for handicrafts and contribute to 66% of household income. Recognising its importance, Bjoka Gongphel Tsarzo Tshogpa (group) was formed in the Gewog with an aim to increase household cash income and to manage resources in sustainable manner. The setting up of this group enabled the members to readily sell their products but faced with challenges of proper resource management as planned. Intensive collection followed by flowering of yula (Neomicrocalamus andropogonifolius) in many areas has raised a concern for the sustainability of handicraft work which has direct impact on household income.

    Most bamboo species can be used for making functional household and craft articles. However, yula is suitable for production of intrinsically patterned containers known as Bangchung, Lakchung, Baikur and Zemthrachem. Handicraft making is a lifeline for majority households in Bjoka and lives of Bjokapas are unimaginable without this activity. Considering these problems, the Social Forestry and Extension Division in collaboration with Research Center, Bhur has introduced two different bamboo species at Bjoka. The main aim of introducing these bamboo species is to substitute or supplement yula requirement for production of handicraft. These species were introduced during recent bamboo propagation training conducted in the Gewog.

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