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  • AFACI Program Workshop on Horticulture held

    July 4-6, Thimphu: A three-day workshop on ‘Transferring technology on Horticulture’ was attended by participants from 14 member countries to share the information on post-harvest and good agriculture practices in horticulture.

    The results from the workshop will strengthen support from Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) in the safe production of horticulture crops and post-harvest technologies applicable in Asia.

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  • Field day to sow Soybeans

    Punakha: A field day to sow Soybeans (Glycine max) in Chimipang, Punakha was organized on 29 June by ARDC-Bajo and National Organic Programme as a part of the JICA Joint Partnership Programme on “Creation of Active Local Communities through the Introduction of Organic Agriculture with the System of Circulating Natural Materials in Bhutan”. The program is basically an adaptive research trial on organic rice production without the use of synthetic herbicides.

    Seven volunteers including the Ex-Minister of Agriculture from Japan, officials from ARDC-Bajo, ARDC-Yusipang, Royal Project-Chimipang and Dzongkhag attended the field day. Two varieties of soybeans were sown, namely, ‘Enrei” imported from Japan and other local variety from Bhutan. The Enrei is said to have high nitrogen fixing ability and has high protein content of 44%.

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  • 6th meeting of National Food Quality and Safety Commission held

    The meeting in progressJune 28, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organised 6th National Food Quality and Safety Commission (NFQSC) Meeting under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The Food Act of Bhutan 2005 mandates the heads of Department of Public Health, Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Department of Trade, Office of Attorney General, Department of Livestock and Department of Agriculture, Department of Law and Order and BAFRA to be the members to NFQSC.

    Under the Food Act of Bhutan 2005, the NFQSC is an apex body for policy guidance and major decisions relating to Food Safety and Standards of the country.

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  • LOAS certified products to hit the market

    The local organic assurance system (LOAS) certified products including Turmeric powder from Zhemgang, Bhutan Herbal Tea from Bumthang, Bhutan Green Tea from Trongsa and potato, garlic and carrot from Gasa launched on June 26 is expected to hit the market soon.

    The Hon'ble Sanam Lyonpo exploring one of the organic productsThe launched products were from Rangzhin Sonam Detshen in Gasa, Samdrupcholing Zangja Nymaley Tshogdey in Trongsa, Takabi Women’s Group and Dakpel Women’s Group in Zhemgang and Bhutan Herbal Tea in Bumthang who have registered with the National Organic Program (NOP) since 2016. They were trained on organic concepts, principles and practices and have committed to ensure the Bhutan Organic Standard (BOS).

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