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  • Bhutan Organic Guarantee System (BOGS) documents launched

    The National Organic Programme (NOP) launched the Bhutan Organic Guarantee System (BOGS) documents on June 5 at Norkhil Boutique Hotel & Spa.

    The launched documents including the standard side and the conformity assessment enables a producer/products to access the Bhutan Organic Mark which is essential for organic farming in the country. It will serve as a manual and guidelines for organic farmers during the certification process.

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  • Towards enhancing Swiss business collaboration

    5 June, Thimphu: A twenty member Swiss business delegation led by His Excellency, Andreas Baum, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan and India met with the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor to explore and strengthen the Swiss business collaboration in Bhutan. The Hon’ble Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji, Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Bhutan; the Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji and heads of the departments and agency were also present.

    Welcoming the delegation, Lyonpo shared the Ministry’s priority areas during the 12th five year plan such as organic farming, value added products, reduce import of food items and market among others. Swiss being one of the advanced countries in value addition technologies, Lyonpo explored the possibility of sharing such resources to improve all the three sectors: agriculture, forestry and livestock in the country.

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  • Preparing for implementation of Imported Food Control in Bhutan

    3-6 June, Paro: Twenty seven BAFRA officials from field and the entry point offices along with a representative from the Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Paro are attending a training workshop on risk-based inspection and sampling of Imported Food at Metta Resort and Spa. The objective of the training is to orient the participants on the use of risk-based inspection and sampling manual for imported food commodities.

    The training highlights the importance of implementation of food import control system and the need of training BAFRA officials on the manual for uniform implementation throughout the country. The training consists of presentation on principles of risk categorisation of food commodities, risk-based inspection and sampling, individual and group exercise on categorisation of food commodities based on risk and identification of product specification.

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  • Tsirang to Declare as Capital of Bamboo: Glimpses of Social Forestry Day

    2 June, Tsirang: Crowned as the youngest King on 2nd June 1974, the nation observes the day as the Coronation day of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm every year and also it is observed as the Social Forestry Day in Bhutan. Wisdoms and achievements of the great fourth King benefits the generation. One such blessing is His Majesty’s care for environment enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom. The day is to show our love and respect to the farsighted Monarchs and the Mother Nature by doing many environmental activities through people’s participation.

    In Tsirang the day was celebrated at Lungsegang Community Forest in Tsholingkhar geog. Honbl’e Dasho Dzongda graced the occasion as the Chief guest. Other dignitaries present were Venerable Lam Neten, Dasho Drangpon, Dzongkhag Thrizin, Regional Heads, Sector Heads, Gups, RNR staffs, staff of Tsirang Forest Division and members of Lungsegnag Community Forest Management Group.

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  • MoU signed between MoAF and KRIBB

    June 3, Thimphu: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) and Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) to strengthen a technical cooperation in the fields of biosafety, bioprospecting and biotechnological advancements. The Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji and Dr. Jang-Seong Kim, the KRIBB President signed the MoU in presence of the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor.

    The MoU covers the overall safety management of genetically modified organisms/living modified organisms, efficient use of biological resources, agriculture development through biotechnological advancement and research related activities among others.

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