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  • Sanam Lyonpo visits 5th RBFE preparation sites at Samdrup Jongkhar

    Hon’ble Lyonpo meet with 5th RBFE Committee member at Samdrup Jongkhar

    January 31-February 11: The Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor visited flower exhibition sites and monitored the ongoing preparations for 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) in Samdrup Jongkhar. Meeting with the committee, His Excellency stressed on the importance of event and to live up to the objectives and expectations of His Majesty The King. Lyonpo also emphasized on the sustainability of the investment, sacrifices and effort nation has made for the event. His Excellency informed that the exhibition should not for the purpose of exhibition alone; the larger part of it is to be used as a platform to give meaning and purpose to Bhutanese people to live clean and contribute to nation building.

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  • RNR Extension Conference 2019 concludes

    February 11-12, Gelephu: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo graced the opening of the two day long RNR Extension Conference 2019 themed “Knowing More From The Grassroots” that was held at Gelephu from 11-12 February 2019 organized and coordinated by Policy and Planning Division (PPD) and Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC), Samtenling of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF). The conference was exclusively organized for the Gewog Extension staffs of South-Central region comprising of six Dzongkhags of Bumthang, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Sarpang, Samtse and Tsirang with the objectives to share the national aspirations and expectations from extension personnel, learn field issues and constraints, get field recommendations, and share best practices of different dzongkhags through which the 12 FYP plans and programs are better implemented. A total of 138 Gewog Extension Staffs and representatives from the departments of the MoAF participated in the conference chaired by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. The conference was funded by the European Union RNR Sector Support Program.

    In the opening remarks, Lyonpo highlighted on the need for striving hard to attain the food self-sufficiency goal which is not only for meeting the domestic food requirements but also for export of RNR products. For this, it was important for the RNR Sectors to prioritize on three key areas of interventions such as production capacity optimization, post-harvest management and marketing strategy. The concerted efforts of all RNR staffs at all levels to work as a team and through consolidation and sharing of new ideas was important to achieve the goals and objectives of the ministry, and more importantly to help our farming communities earn cash income as is done through initiation of activities like “Foothills Festival” of Sarpang Dzongkhag.

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  • Refresher course underway on bacteriological tests for the veterinary laboratory technicians

    11- 16 February, Chukha: A six days refresher training course and workshop on bacteriological tests (bacterial load count and antibiotic sensitivity test) for the veterinary laboratory technicians in the western region is being conducted at Thromde Veterinary Hospital and Satellite Laboratory (TVH & SL), Phuentsholing.

    Given the increasing livestock products such as milk and meat samples being referred to veterinary laboratories for microbial load count and antimicrobial sensitivity test, the objective of the program is to equip veterinary laboratory technicians with the skill set to meet the demand. The program is organised by Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Tsimasham, Department of Livestock, with technical support from National Centre for Animal Health. The refresher training course and workshop is attended by veterinary laboratory technicians from RLDC Tsimasham, Thromde Veterinary Hospital and satellite laboratory, National Veterinary Hospital, and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories under the western region.

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  • Mountain Hazelnuts Kicks Off Grafting Programme at Annual Technical Conference    

    30 January- 2 Febraury, Mongar: Mountain Hazelnuts (MH) conducted a large-scale grafting programme being undertaken with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at its Annual Technical Conference held at Gyelposhing College of Information Technology. The grafting programme is designed to rapidly increase nut production by giving hazelnut orchards a full complement of suitable pollenizer varieties. MH field staff, along with hired master grafters, will make approximately 1 million grafts across more than 5,000 acres of hazelnut trees from February – April 2019.

    Staff from the Agriculture Research Development Centre (ARDC) Wengkhar led grafting training sessions for MH field staff at the Conference. Additional ARDC staff will be involved in a series of multi-day field trainings at three locations around the country from 12 – 20 February.

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  • Refresher course on Artificial Insemination Techniques conducted successfully

    10- 23 January, Samtse: Two weeks long refresher course for Artificial Insemination (AI) Technicians was held at Yoseltse, Samtse for 21 Livestock staff of western dzongkhags and government farms. AI is a modern technique applied in Bhutan to artificially breed cattle with quality semen. For higher fertility, the Artificial Insemination Technician (AIT) has to be highly skilled so as to deposit the live semen on the right place (on the female reproductive tract) at the right time. Hence, skills of AIT have to be upgraded regularly to keep abreast with the latest and improved techniques.

    Thus, the refresher course provided an opportunity for field staff to get hands on training on thawing of semen, proper loading of AI gun, application of right techniques for Artificial Insemination, preservation of frozen semen and handling of Liquid Nitrogen which is required to preserve and keep the semen viable.

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