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  • Caterpillar fungus growth in Tibet nearing exhaustion, warn Chinese experts

    (TibetanReview.net, Sep25, 2013)  The growth of caterpillar fungus, popular as a miracle herbal drug and supplement growing on alpine soil 3,000 to 5,000 above sea level, could die out on the Tibetan Plateau in two decades as a result of over-exploitation, China’s official Xinhua news agency Sep 24 cited Chinese experts as saying. Its seasonal harvest has not only been a rare source of good income for local Tibetans but there have also been deadly clashes among them at places over harvesting territory.

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  • BAFRA prepares for Regulation of Genetically Modified Organism

    2A 10 days training workshop through the support of National Biosafety Framework Project under Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority on risk assessment, risk management and risk communication of Genetically Modified food, feed and plants is being conducted from 23rd September 2013 at Wangchuk Resort, Taba, Thimphu.

    The training is being conducted in two different components – first week of the training is on risk assessment/management of GM food and feed for which an international expert Dr. Dr.Jansen Van Rijssen from South Africa is filled in as the resource person. Dr. Rijssen involvement in GMO included food safety and risk assessments, development of legislation and guidelines, participation in several Codex Alimentarius committees, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) task force for the safety of novel food and feeds, the OECD working group on harmonization in legislative oversight in biotechnology; and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) advisory committee on biotechnology and biosafety. Her experience in work with GMOs stretches over more than 20 years.

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  • Picture Story:

    resource person breifing the NaSART
    resource person breifing the NaSART

    Twenty members National Search and Rescue Team (NaSART) being briefed on the causes of Forest Fire and technique of fighting. The NaSART refresher training is organized at the Fire Service Division Campus from 17 – 21 September 2013.

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  • Stakeholders agrees on GCCA climate change adaptation activities

    participants of the workshop
    participants of the workshop

    Mongar, 9-12 September: Around thirty eight participants from DoA, DoL, DoFPS, DAMC, CoRRB, NBC, BAFRA, PPD and ICS under the Ministry  along with the RNR-sector heads and planning officers of Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang identified various climate change adaptation activities to be implemented under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project. This was done during a participatory planning workshop held at Wangchuk Hotel.

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  • Workshop on Genetically Modified Organism Detection Techniques

    1With the help of International Expert Dr. Frank Narendja from Austria, the National Biosafety Framework Project under Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority is carrying-out two week’s training workshop on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Detection Techniques. A total of 11 Laboratory officials from the National Food Testing Laboratory, BAFRA and two Regulatory and Quarantine Official from BAFRA are attending the training workshop which begin on 2nd September 2013 and will end on 13th September 2013.

    The objective of the training workshop is to provide hands-on training for detecting GM content in food, feed and plant and also to develop GMO testing protocols. The protocols will enable the Laboratory Analysts to carry-out detection, identification and quantification of GM content using real time PCR. The training workshop will help in strengthening the national capacity for implementation of biosafety regulations in Bhutan.

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