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  • Opening of B-Coop Shop at Motithang

    _MG_3082bbH.E Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, inaugurated the B-COOP SHOP at Motithang, Thimphu on 22 November, 2014. The opening of the Shop is being dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo by the Ministry. The shop is second such facilities to be opened by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests for the general public in the Capital City, Thimphu. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has established the Outlet with the objectives of setting standards for Quality, Grading, Packaging, and Price Control and opening Market Outlets besides engagement of unemployed youths in the business.

    The standard agricultural produce of the Farmers Groups and Cooperatives are to be sold through the outlet with assistance and necessary regulations by the Ministry. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests plans to establish such other structures across the Dzongkhags in future for stimulating Cooperative growth and movement in the country. The Shop is arranged to be operated by YBC (Youth Business Cooperatives), a newly formed and registered youth group, for a first test of one year.

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  • MAGIP joint review mission and design mission for CARLEP in Bhutan

    Visit to one of the shed houses in Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar supported through MAGIP
    Visit to one of the shed houses in Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar supported through MAGIP

    A joint review mission team led by Ms. Lakshmi Moola from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is in the country to review the implementation progress for the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) and to follow up on the last supervision mission recommendations discussed in November 2013.                                               .

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  • New High Altitude Rice Variety for Tseza Geog

    UntitledRice is the main staple grown by the farmers of Khejo, Daw Zimpa and Tongsho villages of Tseza Geog under Dagana Dzongkhag. There are over 25 households in the three villages and rice cultivation area ranges from 1500 to 1700 meters above sea level.

    About six years back, these villages were affected by a severe hail storm at the time of rice harvest. The rice crop, in general, was severely affected and the Bathram, the common local variety grown then was completely destroyed. Farmers could hardly salvage the seeds for the next season.   To assist the rice farmers, the Dzongkhag Extension office then supplied seeds of the improved red rice variety Khangma maap.

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  • Training on Paddy Straw Feed Block Production and Rangeland Management

    Untitled17 November, Bumthang: A four days training on Paddy Straw Feed Block Production and Rangeland Management is underway at Narut and Tevethang under Tang Geog in Bumthang Dzongkhag. The main objectives of conducting such training are to create awareness on feed block technology for winter feeding of yaks and impart basic practical skill on rangeland management. The training is attended by 15 households from Narut and Zhebrat communities.

    During the training period, participants are expected to learn feed block technology including crop residue enrichment. They are also going to learn on sustainable rangeland management practice as a part of preparation for upcoming community yak farm. The training is being organized by the National Center for Animal Nutrition, Bumthang and funded by Bhutan Trust for Environment Conservation under the project title “Securing Rangeland Soil Carbon through Community Yak Herding under Thrumshingla National Park.”

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  • Training on ELISA Techniques for Diagnosis and Control of Avian Influenza A(H7N9)

    20141118_101701A three days training on ELISA Techniques for Diagnosis and Control of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) is being currently conducted in RLDC, Wangdue from 17 to 19 November 2014 for the field veterinarians and laboratory technicians in the country.

    The training is mainly conducted with the objectives to update and upgrade the knowledge and skills of the laboratory/field staffs on the diagnostic techniques for detection and control of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus and to upgrade and strengthen the diagnostic capacities of the regional laboratories for avian influenza A(H7N9) through direct technology transfer.

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