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  • Ministry is the first to sign APA with Hon’ble PM

    The Hon’ble Prime Minister (PM), Dr. Lotay Tshering signed the first annual performance agreement (APA) for the fiscal year 2019-2020 with the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests on August 8.

    The Ministry this year aims to enhance food and nutrition security, improve the rural economy and promote sustainable management and utilisation of natural resources through increased production and strengthened infrastructures among others. The Ministry has a budget of Nu. 3.2 billion budget to achieve its objectives.

    APA is signed to ensure clarity about annual priorities, provide an objective and fair basis for evaluating the overall performance. Prior to the APA signing, the targets were reviewed to streamline the activities taken up by the Ministry are achievable.

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  • World Rangers Day celebrated at Chelela

    31 July, Chelela: The Department of Forests and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests  celebrated the third World Rangers Day after Bhutan’s membership to the international Rangers Federation (IRF) in 2017. The day is celebrated by  the IRF’s member association, the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organizations and individuals who support and acknowledge the work of rangers worldwide.

    The day observed the theme “Celebrating our Rangers”. The rangers in Bhutan serves as the frontline in protecting the natural heritage for future generations. They work tirelessly to protect some of the most endangered species like tigers, elephants and snow leopards which are also the animals widely targeted by poachers for illegal wildlife trade.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo visits Samar and Eusu gewogs

    Haa: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor visited the high altitude paddy trial field at Samar and protected cultivation (green house) site at Eusu on July 23.

     Jakar Rey Naab, a cold tolerant paddy variety which matures early is cultivated in 0.70 acres of land in Balamna, Samar gewog as per the technical recommendation starting from 2016. Balamna is at 2600 masl. Khangma Maap variety which was first tried at the site did not do well due to susceptibility to blast disease.

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  • GPS/GIS training for livestock officials

    22-26 July, Jakar: The National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC), Bumthang organised five days training on basic GPS/GIS for officials of NHRDC, National Research and Development Centre for Animal Nutrition and Brown Swiss Cattle Farm. Kuenzang Dorji, the resource person from the Nature Study Centre, Khebeythang in Wangdue facilitated the training.

    The training provided basic hands-on-skills in global positioning system (GPS) using smart phones and orient participants to mapping software such as quantum geographical system application that supports viewing, editing and analysis of geospatial data.

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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo meets FDI experts

    The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo,Yeshey Penjor meets a team of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the Arsenalogic Technologies Private Limited on July 19. The team shared the FDI proposals in terms of fishery and cordyceps among others with potential opportunities in Bhutan due to its pristine water and abundance natural resources.

    In another meeting, Lyonpo met with the Chief Executive Officer of NEXCON, Bhutan, Michael J. Spolum (left in picture) who presented an overview to ensure Bhutan’s potential for high-value and high-volume agricultural value chain, generate employment and enhance food-security.

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