16 March, Thimphu. The 10th BAFRA board meeting was convened under the chairmanship of the Honb’le Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji who is the Chairperson for the Board.
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The Hon’ble Prime Minister will be making a 9-day visit to the United States of America from 15th to 24th March 2015 to raise awareness for the ‘Bhutan for Life’ initiative. The members of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s delegation include senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Bhutan for Life is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and is a Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) mechanism to provide sustained flow of funds for the conservation and sustainable management of Bhutan’s protected areas and biological corridors, including the enhancement of sustainable economic opportunities and livelihood security for communities residing in parks. It aims to mobilize, in one single agreement, all governmental, financial and other commitments required to develop and maintain Bhutan’s protected area system over the long term. Given the immense potential of the protected areas to contribute to sustainable development of Bhutan, it is an opportune moment for the Royal Government to pursue this initiative and further consolidate the conservation legacy and achievements of Bhutan globally.
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March 11, Thimphu: The Royal Government of Bhutan has requested JICA to support a project called, ‘Chiwog grant assistance for Farm Mechanisation and Services’, 1450 nos. of power tillers has been requested under the project. To discuss further, a preliminary survey team from JICA led by Dr. Kunihiro Tokida is in the country from March 9-14.
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March 10, Thimphu: A team from the World Health Organisation (OIE) led by Dr. Eric Fermet-Quinet is in the country from March 8-19 for a follow up Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) mission. The last PVS evaluation was conducted in June 2008.
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During the meeting, His Excellency encouraged Bhutan to join the African – Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO). He shared that Egypt is one of the experienced countries in the field of agriculture and have achieved lots of centre for excellence in the field. He further stated that Egypt had trained lots of people from African and Asian countries especially through the organisation, AARDO.
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