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  • Launch of the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal

    The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt ) was officially launched on 17th December, 2013 by Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu. The launch was attended by Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, President of the Bhutan Ecological Society and Special Advisor to the National Environment Commission, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, Honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Director General, DoA, Executive Director, BAFRA, Program Director, ICS, and heads of the agencies within and outside MoAF including Director, WWF-Bhutan, Director, RSPN and, representatives from all the key biodiversity agencies in the country.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo Calls for Greater Collaboration to Control Emerging Diseases

    December 9, 2013: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji addressed the closing of the “South Asia Regional One Health Symposium” on 6th December, 2013 at Paro. In his address, he said that, “we live in a region where emerging animal and zoonotic diseases continue to pose serious challenges to our people’s livelihoods, human health and food security.” Given the economic situation, lack of resources and increasing human population, it would be costly for countries to control emerging diseases in isolation and therefore “ a collaborative approach at all level is needed” said the Lyonpo.

    The Hon’ble Lyonpo urged the participants to use the “One Health Concept” as a strategic tool and guiding principle to deal with and respond to zoonotic diseases. Lyonpo said that the countries would be in better position to deal with emerging diseases if resources and expertise available with human and animal health sectors are shared.  He said that the symposium was timely and appropriate given the urgency to institute and operationalise the One Health Initiative in the Region. The South Asia Regional One Health Symposium was organized jointly by Massey University, New Zealand in collaboration with Department of Livestock, MoAF and Department of Public Health, MoH at Hotel Zhiwaling, Paro from 2-6 December, 2013.

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  • Chief Representative JICA Bhutan Office visits JICA Assisted Agriculture Programs in southern and eastern Bhutan

    JICA Chief Representative visit to an Vegetable Outreach Site, Yurbi Lhuentse
    JICA Chief Representative visit to an Vegetable Outreach Site, Yurbi Lhuentse

    Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, Chief Representative of the JICA Bhutan Office visited JICA Assisted Agriculture Development Programs in the eastern Region w.e.f 24th November to 28th November, 2013 accompanied by JICA Experts, counterparts from RNR RDC Wengkhar and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sectors.

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  • Wrap-up meeting for MAGIP supervision mission

    participants during the session
    participants during the session

    28 November 2013, Thimphu: A wrap-up meeting for the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) supervision mission was held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) under the Chairmanship of the Officiating Secretary, Mr. Chencho Norbu, the Director General for the Department of Forests and Park Services.

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  • Towards achieving self-sufficiency in livestock products

    25-27 November, Thimphu: With the new directives from the Ministry to accelerate livestock development for achieving self-sufficiency in livestock products, the Department of Livestock (DoL) is in the process of fixing the production and its related service targets over and above the 11th FYP  for specific regions and Dzongkhags.

    To discuss further on this, the officials including the Program Directors, Program Managers, Dzongkhag Veterinary Officers (DVOs) and Dzongkhag Livestock Officers (DLOs) among others under the Department met in a three day meeting at the DoL conference hall. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director for DoL.

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