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  • Longest livestock serving civil servant superannuates

    Pemagatshel: The livestock fraternity of Pemagatshel hosted a farewell dinner for Mr. Cheku Wangchuk who served at the Department of Livestock for 39 years and six months. He superannuated on October 9. More than the dinner, it was a moment to applauds and appreciate him on the successful completion of his tenure as a civil servant. It was really an emotional moment for the livestock friends who congratulated him for serving the government with full dedication and commitment.

    The Deputy Chief Dzongkhag Livestock Officer congratulated him for being one of the role models who has inspired many livestock friends during his service. On behalf of the livestock fraternity, he wished Mr. Cheku a happy superannuation and post retirement success.

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  • First participatory technical assessment of EPB trial for high altitude rice in Paro

    The Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC)-Yusipang in collaboration with National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector, Paro organised the first participatory technical assessment of evolutionary plant breeding (EPB) trial on high altitude rice at Shari chiwog under Tshento gewog. The assessment was conducted under the guidance of three experts from Bioversity International  in Rome on October 2. Over 20 rice growing farmers from Tshento  and Dopshari gewogs, geog agriculture officer of Tshento, rice researchers from ARDC-Bajo, Samtenling, Yusipang and biodiversity officers  from NBC participated in the event.

    The EPB trials are introduced in Bhutan for the first time through the EPB project which is funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Bioversity International. Bhutan is one of the partner countries participating in the Global Evolutionary Plan Breeding Project along with Nepal, Jordan, Ethiopia Iran and Uganda. In Bhutan, the EPB project is nationally executed by NBC in collaboration with ARDC-Yusipang, Bajo and Samtenling and agriculture sectors of Paro, Punakha, Dagana, Tsirang and Sarpang.  EPB trials in Bhutan have been initiated on rice and beans. The EPB trials on rice are ongoing at Paro for warm temperate agro-ecology, in Punakha and Tsirang representing the mid altitude rice growing areasand in Sarpang for low altitude rice environment. EPB trials have also been started on climbing and dwarf beans at Tsirang and Dagana. The evolutionary populations for both rice and beans were prepared by mixing most popular traditional and improved varieties collected and contributed by farmers and ARDCs from specific locations.

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  • Pramer Bamdhir farmroad and baily bridge inaugurated in Trashiyangtse

    Trashiyangtse: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo inaugurated a 14 km Pramer-Bamdhir farmroad and the 170 ft baily bridge with a carrying capacity of 24 MT on October 11.

    The farmroad construction was started in 2016 and completed in 2018 at the cost of Nu. 21.35 M while the bridge was built at the cost of Nu. 19.5 M with fund from the Royal Government of Bhutan. They will benefit 85 households connecting Berteng, Bamdhir, Betsamang and Zhapang villages under Bumdeling gewog. The inauguration was attended by beneficiaries, local leaders and relevant officials.

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  • Forest Engagement Note on “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development” launched

    2 October Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) in collaboration with the World Bank jointly launched the Forest Engagement Note for Bhutan titled “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development”. His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, MoAF graced the event as the Chief Guest. His Excellency jointly launched the note along with Dr. Mercy Miyang Tombon, Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Hon’ble Secretary, MoAF and Resident Representative of World Bank Office, Bhutan.

    The launch event was organised to present the diagnostics and key findings of the forest note to a broad audience in Bhutan, including policymakers, civil society, academia, and private sector and to initiate a dialogue intended to enrich the broader recommendations outlined in the Note and to identify other key policy gaps and opportunities in the forest sector.

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