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  • Sanam Lyonpo meets extension staff and farmers in Bumthang

    Chumi7-8 August, Bumthang: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo and senior officials from the Ministry met with the extension staff and people of Chhoekhor, Tang and Chumey geogs. They discussed the ongoing agricultural activities and their challenges.

    Many farmers shared the case of frequent human wildlife conflict and requested the Ministry for electric fencing. The electric fencing program was started two years back and today it has gained popularity among farmers. It helps farmers to protect their crops from wild intruders without having to guard by themselves.

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  • Sustainable Rangeland Management workshop to protect Red Pandas and Herders’ Livelihoods

    Untitled-1August 4–5, Trashigang: More than 30 participants representing the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC) Kanglung, Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, geog administration Merak and beneficiary communities from Cheabling and Shetimey under Merak geog attended the annual review and planning workshop for Sustainable Rangeland Management to protect Red Pandas and Herders’ Livelihoods.

    It was held to review the past one year progress, address issues and align plans with the geog priorities. RLDC-Kanglung organised it with fund support from the Darwin Initiative Project.

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  • Agriculture Ministry receives Farm Road construction machineries

    Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu hands over the euipment to Sanam Lyonpo
    Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu hands over the euipment to Sanam Lyonpo

    August 7, Bumthang: His Excellency, the Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu handed over a heavy fleet of earth moving machineries to the Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji. The machineries included 30 excavators, 20 backhoes and other important equipment worth of about Nu. 445 million. This support is largest in the history of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

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  • DoA Director visits farmer groups in Bumthang

    A50X9890August 5, Bumthang: The Director for Department of Agriculture (DoA) accompanied by senior officials met with successful farmer groups. This was the first visit of Director after being appointed as the head for DoA.

    The team first visited Phuntsho Rabten Kewa Tshogpa. It was established in 2011 with seven members. They cultivate and process potato chips and market them in Bumthang. One of the group members said they sell around 1000 packets of chips with an approximate earning of Nu. 30,000/month.

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  • New species of snails and plants described from Bhutan

    Snails

    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini
    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini

    Three species of snails, new to science were discovered and described from Bhutan by the researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang. The three newly described species are: Rahula kleini Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, Rahula trongsaensis Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, and Erhaia wangchuki Gittenberger, Sherub &Stelbrink. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the National Biodiversity Centre’s invertebrate repository. With these discoveries, as of July 2017, the total snails and slugs (Molluscs) of Bhutan stands at 120 species. However, the researchers expect that the number could be close to 200, because nearly every new locality brings in one or more species, either new to science or new record for Bhutan.

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