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  • BAFRA prepares for Regulation of Genetically Modified Organism

    2A 10 days training workshop through the support of National Biosafety Framework Project under Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority on risk assessment, risk management and risk communication of Genetically Modified food, feed and plants is being conducted from 23rd September 2013 at Wangchuk Resort, Taba, Thimphu.

    The training is being conducted in two different components – first week of the training is on risk assessment/management of GM food and feed for which an international expert Dr. Dr.Jansen Van Rijssen from South Africa is filled in as the resource person. Dr. Rijssen involvement in GMO included food safety and risk assessments, development of legislation and guidelines, participation in several Codex Alimentarius committees, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) task force for the safety of novel food and feeds, the OECD working group on harmonization in legislative oversight in biotechnology; and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) advisory committee on biotechnology and biosafety. Her experience in work with GMOs stretches over more than 20 years.

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  • Stakeholders agrees on GCCA climate change adaptation activities

    participants of the workshop
    participants of the workshop

    Mongar, 9-12 September: Around thirty eight participants from DoA, DoL, DoFPS, DAMC, CoRRB, NBC, BAFRA, PPD and ICS under the Ministry  along with the RNR-sector heads and planning officers of Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang identified various climate change adaptation activities to be implemented under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project. This was done during a participatory planning workshop held at Wangchuk Hotel.

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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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