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  • Workshop on Genetically Modified Organism Detection Techniques

    1With the help of International Expert Dr. Frank Narendja from Austria, the National Biosafety Framework Project under Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority is carrying-out two week’s training workshop on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Detection Techniques. A total of 11 Laboratory officials from the National Food Testing Laboratory, BAFRA and two Regulatory and Quarantine Official from BAFRA are attending the training workshop which begin on 2nd September 2013 and will end on 13th September 2013.

    The objective of the training workshop is to provide hands-on training for detecting GM content in food, feed and plant and also to develop GMO testing protocols. The protocols will enable the Laboratory Analysts to carry-out detection, identification and quantification of GM content using real time PCR. The training workshop will help in strengthening the national capacity for implementation of biosafety regulations in Bhutan.

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  • Celebrating the Global Tiger Day in Bhutan


    Following the historic event of St. Petersburgh, where the Governments of TRCs and Conservation partners came together to pledge support for doubling the remaining tiger population by the year 2022, the Governments of Range Countries thereafter celebrate July 29 of every year as the Global Tiger Day. This symbolic gesture among the range countries acknowledge that the Tiger is one of the most important indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and failure to reverse declining population trends will result in not only the loss of Tigers, but also a loss of biological diversity throughout Asia, together with tangible and intangible benefits provided by these magnificent cats and the ecosystems they inhabit.

    Recognizing the importance of tiger in Bhutan, like in the past, the Department of Forests & Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests will be celebrating this year’s tiger day with the theme “Empowering Local Communities for Tiger Conservation” at Norbuling Middle Secondary School, which is located in the buffer zone of Royal Manas National Park, a place also considered to be a hotspot for wild felids particularly the tiger. Tigers in Bhutan have strong affiliation and revolve very closely around the daily lives of the Bhutanese. Some of the common lore on Bhutanese tiger is that the Buddhist saint and teacher, Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan riding on the back of a flying tigress at Taktsang, and several paintings and scrolls in religious centre show tiger as one of the four protector animals in the “Tag Seng Chung Druk” quartet (the other three animals being the mythical Snow Lion, Garuda and Dragon) thereby indicating great reverence of this species in Bhutanese society. Ecologically, it stands at the top of the food chain, and its presence in the Bhutanese forest symbolizes the well-being of many other species living with it including their function to control the population of ungulates like serow, sambhar, barking deer, wild pig and even few primates, otherwise leading to catastrophic events among the Bhutanese farmers.tiger day

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  • Certificate awarded for completing competency course on veterinary drugs

    Certificate awarded for completing competency course on veterinary drugs course on private veterinary pharmacy

    Lobeysa, 10 July: Thirteen participants from the feed sale agents and farmer’s cooperatives were awarded a certificate for completing a three week long (20 June-10 July) competency course on veterinary medicines at the College of Natural Resources (CNR).

    The awarding ceremony was attended by the Director General of CNR and the officiating Director General of Livestock Department along with the officials from health, Drug Regulatory Authority and livestock.

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  • Bhutan becomes the associate member of International Cooperative Alliance

    With due approval from the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) becomes the associate member of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and joins the global cooperative family. The ICA is the apex body of the world’s cooperative movement which acts as the custodian and voice of the cooperative movement worldwide. It is a special support considered to Bhutan’s nascent cooperative movement by ICA which otherwise is rarely considered to government organization like DAMC. The Bhutan’s membership to ICA set a land mark milestone in our cooperative movement.

    Bhutan’s Cooperative movement is expected benefit enormously from the ICA and its 271 member organizations around the world from 96 countries. The members of the ICA have the following specific benefits and privileges;

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  • VOLUNTEERS MAKE AN EFFORT TO MAKE BIDHOONG GREEN AND SAFE

    BidhoongGewog, Trashigang, July 3, 2013.The villagers, local government officials and civil servants of BidhoongGewog with the seedling support from Dzongkhag Forest Sector planted 3350 tree saplings for making the Gewog Green. The planned plantation program which could not be done on 2nd June 2013 to commemorate the Social Forestry day due to some urgent works of the public was done on the 23rd June, 2012 with involvement of all the people who stay in the Gewog. BidhoongGup, DorjiWangchuk, a former Forest Officer initiated the program by applying for free saplings from the Dzongkhag authorities in February 2013. The Gewog plans to continue such mass plantations in the near future. BidhoongGewog is the first Gewog who have done such a plantation involving everyone.Bidung Gewog1

     

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