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  • Hon’ble Minister attends Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue to commemorate the International Year of Family Farming

    Hon’ble Agriculture and Forests Minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji attended the inaugural session of the ‘Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Role of Family Farming in the 21st Century- Achieving the Zero Hunger challenge’ held in Chennai, India from August 7-10, 2014. The regional conference organized by the M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in collaboration with the FAO, IFAD, IDRC, WFP, UN Women and other national and international agencies, saw over 300 participants from across the Asia-Pacific Region. Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Agriculture from six countries were in attendance to share their insights amongst other keynote speakers like Professor M.S Swaminathan; Mr. KanayoNwanze, President of IFAD; Etharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP; Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, ADG, FAO Regional office for Asia and Pacific and many other dignitaries.

    Addressing the gathering at the ministerial forum of the conference, Lyonpo highlighted the key role of family farming for ensuring food security, enhancing rural livelihood, environmental protection and in combating poverty. He mentioned that,these small holder farmers however continue to face many risks and challenges primarily due to lack of capacity to cope with extreme weather patterns and volatile global economic situation. Therefore, emphasizing the need to work together in translating our common goals into tangible actions at the global, regional and national levels, Lyonpo reiterated the need for global partnerships and called for greater investments and commitments from International Financial institutions to agriculture developments in developing countries.

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  • Monsoon Hampers MAGIP activities in Merak and Sakteng

    A Bridge gave way to the heavy monsoon rainfall
    A Bridge gave way to the heavy monsoon rainfall

    This year, Merak and Sakteng geogs are experiencing unprecedented rainfall all these days. Almost every day it is raining cats and dog’s here. Every streams, rivers and gullies are over flown with rain water and debris. Villages look like a floating town, with water oozing out from every small openings and faults.

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  • Training on Feed and Fodder underway

    The participants with the Thai resource persons
    The participants with the Thai resource persons

    30 July to 2 August 2014, Bumthang: A four days training on feed and fodder is under way at the National Centre for Animal Nutrition (NCAN). Thirty participants from Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDC) of Kanglung, Tsimasham, Wangdue and Zhemgang and officials from NCAN and RNR-RDC Jakar are attending it. The training is being facilitated by five resource persons from the Department of Livestock Development, Thailand. During the training period, various topics related to animal nutrition including fodder development for enhancing animal production in the country will be covered.

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  • Orientation Program Conducted for 7th Batch of Trainees at UWICE

    uwice131 July Bumthang: The seventh batch trainees will be starting their one year certificate course in Conservation, Environment and Forestry Studies from 1 August 2014 at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. The new batch consists of fifteen trainees including ten in-service from Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) and five pre-service trainees. The 7th batch trainees attended the day-long orientation program at the Institute today.

    The Officiating Director and the faculty members of the Institute joined the orientation program to welcome them to the Institute. “The orientation program is conducted to ensure that trainees feel at home, become part of the Institute and most importantly, feel comfortable here” said the Dean of Training and Academic Affairs of the Institute.

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