2 August 2014, Wangdue: His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) formally inaugurated the 0.5 MT per hour capacity rice mill at Bajo in Wangduephodrang today.
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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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31 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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24-26th July 2014: A three-day Training of Trainers Workshop on Community Self Assessment for on-farm conservation project on Biodiversity Use and Conservation in Asia Program (BUCAP) Project is underway at Gelephu. The Project is supported through South East Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), based in the Philippines. It focuses on the conservation, development and sustainable use of cereal diversity in the country.
The workshop is attended by 15 project stakeholders from regional Renewable Natural Resources Research and Development Centres of Wengkhar, Bhur and Bajo, and Agriculture Extension Officials from the respective project sites of Drujeygang, Tarraythang, Samtse, Wangphu and Kengkhar. The workshop focuses on the use of Community Self Assessment (CSA) Tools to assess the impacts the project beneficiary/communities themselves.
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In the last 100 years, we have lost over 97% of all wild tigers to indiscriminate poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The tiger population in 1913 was estimated to be about 100,000, which is now drastically reduced to only about 3,200 tigers in only 13 countries*. Bhutan is one of these fortunate countries where this magnificent animal can still be found roaming the forests all the way from the warm southern regions to the cold alpine forests. This great fortune of our nation was bestowed upon the present and future generations by our visionary Monarchs, who continue to symbolize the epitome of Conservation leadership for Bhutan and the Global community.
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