August 7, Bumthang: His Excellency, the Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu handed over a heavy fleet of earth moving machineries to the Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji. The machineries included 30 excavators, 20 backhoes and other important equipment worth of about Nu. 445 million. This support is largest in the history of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
August 5, Bumthang: The Director for Department of Agriculture (DoA) accompanied by senior officials met with successful farmer groups. This was the first visit of Director after being appointed as the head for DoA.
The team first visited Phuntsho Rabten Kewa Tshogpa. It was established in 2011 with seven members. They cultivate and process potato chips and market them in Bumthang. One of the group members said they sell around 1000 packets of chips with an approximate earning of Nu. 30,000/month.
Three species of snails, new to science were discovered and described from Bhutan by the researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang. The three newly described species are: Rahula kleini Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, Rahula trongsaensis Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, and Erhaia wangchuki Gittenberger, Sherub &Stelbrink. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the National Biodiversity Centre’s invertebrate repository. With these discoveries, as of July 2017, the total snails and slugs (Molluscs) of Bhutan stands at 120 species. However, the researchers expect that the number could be close to 200, because nearly every new locality brings in one or more species, either new to science or new record for Bhutan.
August 3, Thimphu: To complement the development needs of livestock sector in the country and create job opportunities for youths and farmers in livestock enterprises, the Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited (BLDCL) was launched yesterday. Jigme Wangchuk is the first Chief Executive Officer of the company.
August 2-4, Paro: A three day training workshop on Strategy and Safeguards for the REDD+ Program of Bhutan is underway at Metta Resort and Spa. Participants include the officials from all the territorial forest divisions, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Taryayana Foundation and Social Forestry and Extension Division.
The workshop aims to build awareness and capacity on REDD+ and their components under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discuss initial proposed REDD+ Strategy options and methods to identify their potential risks and benefits. It will also build capacity of the participants to conduct consultation workshops at Dzongkhag and local levels on the REDD+ Strategy options and Polices & Measures (PAMs).