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  • Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin rescued and released into its natural habitat in Tsirang

    1The forestry staff of Tsirang Forest Division recently rescued a critically endangered female Chinese pangolin. Upon receipt of information it had an injury, a team of forestry staff rushed to the site wherein the Pangolin had been brought to the Division Forest Office compound for further treatment and monitoring. According to Mr. Kinley, Sr. Forest Ranger who led the team said “The injured pangolin has been found in its defensive (rolled) position which is a normal habit when it comes across other creatures”. With the support of a local resident, the victim was brought to Damphu for treatment and management.

    Of the eight species of pangolin occurring globally, four species are seen in Asia whereby Bhutan harbours a good habitat for Chinese and Indian pangolins. Chinese Pangolin is reported from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Vietnam. However, as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature its population is in drastic decline as a result of poaching and illegal trade.

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  • Nine nature-based products launched

     The Hon'ble Lyonchhoen launched the products in presence of farmer representative

    The Hon’ble Lyonchhoen launched the products in presence of farmer representatives

    The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited (MSPCL) and Bio Bhutan in collaboration with UNDP launched the nature-based products at Taj Tashi, Thimphu on April 5 as a part of the framework of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). The nine products includes anti-wrinkle cream, balm, liniment, massage oil, perfume, soaps, and hand sanitiser to support sustainable rural livelihoods.

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  • 5th AFACI General Assembly held in Laos PDR

    1April 3-5: The fifth Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) General Assembly was held in Laos PDR at Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane. It was organised by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) and National Agriculture and Forestry Institute (NAFRI) of Laos PDR.

    The Assembly shared the AFACI project progress and discussed future direction to increase performance of each project. It was attended by more than 90 delegates including the Minister, vice Ministers and other signatories from its member countries and RDA, Korea. Representatives from its partner organisations, Korean Embassy in Laos PDR, KOICA and KOPIA Centres also attended it.

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  • MoAF to roll out new crop-cut methodology for paddy and maize

    The present crop-cut methodology adopted across the 20 Dzongkhags is seen to be not uniform, standard and often lacking technical soundness. The selection of the farmers or plots for crop-cut is often done subjectively based on convenience and as such probability concept cannot be applied.IMG_0130

    Therefore the ministry, led by RNR Statistics Division (RSD), with technical and financial support from FAO, has recently come up with a standard and technically sound manual that details how crop-cut for paddy and maize should be conducted by the Extension Supervisors in the field.

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  • Yogurt production started in Sarpang

    Yogurt from Sarpang
    Yogurt from Sarpang

    Sarpang, March 30: The National Dairy Research Centre, Yusipang jointly with the Sarpang Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Rural Livestock Project (RLP) and the Regional Livestock Development Centre in Zhemgang established the Yogurt Plant at Dekiling. It will be operated by the Lothuen Om Detshen that was established in 2008 and currently has a total of 172 members.

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