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  • Officials create awareness on consequences of feeding wild animals

    Awareness on feeding wild animals being carried out at Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway

    Thimphu, August 9: An awareness campaign on feeding wild animals along the highways was organised at Gangkha (2km from Chunzom, Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway), Thimphu-Paro highway and Rinchending check post. It was organised by the Department of Forests and Park Services jointly with Royal Bhutan Police and Road Safety Transport Authority.

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  • Farmers’ Field Day on Bhutan’s Traditional Maize Phenotypic Diversity

    Trashigang: In the face of the emerging challenge of climate change and in the quest to understand the traditional maize diversity of Bhutan, the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and the Scuola Superiore Sant Anna (SSSA) University in Italy in collaboration with the Agriculture and Research Development Centres (ARDC) in Wengkhar and Khangma and the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL), Norzinthang, initiated phenotypic diversity studies of maize genetic resources of Bhutan since April 2018.

    A total of 142 maize landraces, traditional maize varieties that were grown by our farmers for centuries, were collected by NBC from 17 Dzongkhags and grown together in one field in Norzinthang, Trashigang since April 2018. By the last week of July, majority of the varieties had reached late maturity stage and were ready for assessment.

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  • Bhutan’s 2nd dog population survey shows remarkable progress in canine management program

    Thimphu: Humane Society International (HSI) in a joint project with the Department of Livestock, Bhutan has conducted its second dog population survey in Bhutan since 2009, when the country’s National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Project (NDPMRCP) was launched. Approximately 85,000 dogs in Bhutan have undergone sterilisation and anti-rabies vaccination till date.

    After researchers analyse the results, they will be able to determine the pet population per 100 humans. The findings will be crucial for designing responsible pet ownership and community engagement programs.

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  • Out-going MoAF Minister hands over the Ministry’s responsibility to Dasho Secretary

    The handing-taking being done between the out-going Minister and Dasho Secretary

    August 9, Thimphu: As per the Royal Command and consequent to the dissolution of the Cabinet, the out-going Minister for Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Yeshey Dorji handed over the entire duties, responsibilities and powers vested on him as the Head of the Ministry to Dasho Rinzin Dorji, the MoAF Secretary.

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