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  • Message from H.E LyonpoYeshey Dorji, Minister for Agriculture and Forests on International Tiger Day

    Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji
    Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji

    In the last 100 years, we have lost over 97% of all wild tigers to indiscriminate poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The tiger population in 1913 was estimated to be about 100,000, which is now drastically reduced to only about 3,200 tigers in only 13 countries*. Bhutan is one of these fortunate countries where this magnificent animal can still be found roaming the forests all the way from the warm southern regions to the cold alpine forests. This great fortune of our nation was bestowed upon the present and future generations by our visionary Monarchs, who continue to symbolize the epitome of Conservation leadership for Bhutan and the Global community.

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  • Gearing towards reviving aged old tradition – Yak Farming in Tang

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    Narut community members engaged in rangeland fencing

    Yak farming is one of the main farming activities of the highland communities in northern Dzongkhags for decades. In the similar way, the community of Narut under Tang Geog in Bumthang Dzongkhag had been rearing the yaks in the past. The yak herders in those days used the natural pasture (Tsamdro) at Namgong and Phokpai for grazing their yaks.

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  • ToT on Farmers Group/Cooperatives Formation for Agriculture EAs of Samtse and S/Jongkhar

    The participants with the resource persons
    The participants with the resource persons

    16-20 July, Samtse: RDC Bajo, in partnership with the Department of Agricultural and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC) conducted a five days Training of Trainers (ToT) on farmers group/cooperative formation for the extension agents of Samtse and Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags from 16 to 20 July 2014 at the Samtse Geog Extension Centre. The training was designed so as to help the field colleagues in the dzongkhags to gain an in-depth understanding regarding groups and cooperatives formations. The resource persons for the training were from DAMC and RDC Bajo. With the launch of the rice commercialisation program, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has initiated formation of many farmers groups in the potential rice growing areas. Twenty two extension personnel have attended the training which had the following broad objectives of Agricultural Cooperatives/groups:

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  • National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP)

    Participants at the workshop
    Participants at the workshop

    21st – 22nd July: A two-day National Stakeholder Consultation Workshop was held  from 21st to 22nd July 2014 at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (NITM) hall, Thimphu, to discuss the draft National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP). The workshop was organized by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang with technical support from the National Task Force for the revision of NBSAP.

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  • DoA completes installation and test running of three Modern Rice Processing Plants

    riceThe Department of Agriculture has installed three modern rice mills of 1ton per hour capacity at Bajo in Wangdue, Mithun in Tsirang and Phuntshothang (Bhangtar) in Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag. These rice mills are being installed as part of the rice commercialisation program of the department which basically focuses on improving rice productivity and production, increasing profitability of rice farmers and, improving post harvest and marketing aspects of the rice commodity in the country.

    Installation works were carried out by Sherub Enterprise, a private firm based in Paro (a private firm specialised in agri-business). Initial test running of these three rice mills have been successfully completed and are ready for inauguration and operations. The rice mill test run was coordinated by RDC Bajo in collaboration with the Dzongkhags, Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL), Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) and Sherub Enterprise.

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