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  • First participatory technical assessment of EPB trial for high altitude rice in Paro

    The Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC)-Yusipang in collaboration with National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector, Paro organised the first participatory technical assessment of evolutionary plant breeding (EPB) trial on high altitude rice at Shari chiwog under Tshento gewog. The assessment was conducted under the guidance of three experts from Bioversity International  in Rome on October 2. Over 20 rice growing farmers from Tshento  and Dopshari gewogs, geog agriculture officer of Tshento, rice researchers from ARDC-Bajo, Samtenling, Yusipang and biodiversity officers  from NBC participated in the event.

    The EPB trials are introduced in Bhutan for the first time through the EPB project which is funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Bioversity International. Bhutan is one of the partner countries participating in the Global Evolutionary Plan Breeding Project along with Nepal, Jordan, Ethiopia Iran and Uganda. In Bhutan, the EPB project is nationally executed by NBC in collaboration with ARDC-Yusipang, Bajo and Samtenling and agriculture sectors of Paro, Punakha, Dagana, Tsirang and Sarpang.  EPB trials in Bhutan have been initiated on rice and beans. The EPB trials on rice are ongoing at Paro for warm temperate agro-ecology, in Punakha and Tsirang representing the mid altitude rice growing areasand in Sarpang for low altitude rice environment. EPB trials have also been started on climbing and dwarf beans at Tsirang and Dagana. The evolutionary populations for both rice and beans were prepared by mixing most popular traditional and improved varieties collected and contributed by farmers and ARDCs from specific locations.

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  • Pramer Bamdhir farmroad and baily bridge inaugurated in Trashiyangtse

    Trashiyangtse: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo inaugurated a 14 km Pramer-Bamdhir farmroad and the 170 ft baily bridge with a carrying capacity of 24 MT on October 11.

    The farmroad construction was started in 2016 and completed in 2018 at the cost of Nu. 21.35 M while the bridge was built at the cost of Nu. 19.5 M with fund from the Royal Government of Bhutan. They will benefit 85 households connecting Berteng, Bamdhir, Betsamang and Zhapang villages under Bumdeling gewog. The inauguration was attended by beneficiaries, local leaders and relevant officials.

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  • Forest Engagement Note on “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development” launched

    2 October Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) in collaboration with the World Bank jointly launched the Forest Engagement Note for Bhutan titled “Pathways for Sustainable Forest Management and Socio-equitable Economic Development”. His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, MoAF graced the event as the Chief Guest. His Excellency jointly launched the note along with Dr. Mercy Miyang Tombon, Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dasho Rinzin Dorji, Hon’ble Secretary, MoAF and Resident Representative of World Bank Office, Bhutan.

    The launch event was organised to present the diagnostics and key findings of the forest note to a broad audience in Bhutan, including policymakers, civil society, academia, and private sector and to initiate a dialogue intended to enrich the broader recommendations outlined in the Note and to identify other key policy gaps and opportunities in the forest sector.

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  • Nomadic Health campaign begins in Merak

    The 3rd nomadic health campaign which is conducted annually in Merak and Sakteng kicked off in Merak on 7th October organized Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. A team from Bhutan foundation led by Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham who is one of the board members and her family and two officials from Thimphu attended the campaign. Unlike the past campaign, this year in addition to the free health services and awareness programs provided by the health officials, community animal birth control (CABC) and animal diseases surveillance program are also provided by the livestock officials to the nomads of Merak and Sakteng. Free medical outreach services like screening for IUD, HIV, HepB, Diabetes, and cervical cancers were provided in addition to the general checkup. As there is an increasing population of Feral dogs and Merak and Sakteng, the team from livestock sector led by the District livestock officer vaccinated majority of the dogs in Merak. Similar programs will also be conducted in Sakteng from 11th to 12th October, 2019.

    The program is funded by Bhutan Foundation.

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