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  • Organic Agriculture Write Shop Ongoing

    norden16 to 8 June, 2018, Thimphu: A write shop on a Flagship Program on Organic Agriculture (OA) titled “Supporting organic sector development towards food security and livelihood” is being held in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Serbethang, Thimphu from 6 to 8thJune, 2018. The write shop was facilitated by the National Organic Programme (NOP) under the ARDC-Yusipang, Department of Agriculture (DoA) with budgetary support from the Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF).  It is being participated by the Flagship program’s focal officials from different agencies within the DoA, Department of Livestock, Department of Forest and Park Services, Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority and National Biodiversity Centre.

    The main objectives of the write shop were to develop a comprehensive plan and a concept paper for the Flagship program on OA, which is expected to be implemented in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP).  The flagship program will be over and above the normal 12th FYP of the NOP which will be implemented in all the twenty Dzongkhags focussing on potential organic commodities comprising of crops, livestock commodities and Non-wood Forest Products.  The flagship program will also preferably be carried out in potential Geogs. Apart from organic productions, certifications, processing and marketing; the program will also focus on in-country organic inputs productions such as bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, organic seeds, organic feed and fodder. Other plans are to establish some important infrastructures such as labs, storage facilities, supply of organic farm inputs, carry out research and development activities, public advocacy and capacity building of stakeholders.

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  • National Training Workshop on SUA/FBS underway

    1Phuentsholing, 4-8 June: A five days national training workshop on compilation of Supply Utilisation Account (SUA)/Food Balance Sheet (FBS) is underway at Phuentsholing. FBS is a national accounting/statistical framework, presenting a comprehensive picture of the pattern of a country’s food supply during a specified reference period. It will provide important statistics that are crucial in making evidence-based planning and formulating policies.

    The main objective of the training is to enable participants from relevant departments/agencies of RGoB, who are directly involved in food related data collection/processing to understand the concept of SUA/FBS and compute the FBS for Bhutan.

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  • Fodder germplasm established at Bartseri

    1Pemagatshel: With the establishment of fodder germplasm, Aum Tashi Pema of Bartseri under Shumar gewog will be no longer worried to feed her three milking cows next season. The team comprising of students from the school agricultural program of Pemagatshel Middle Secondary School, Dzongkhag Livestock Sector and National Research Development Centre for Animal Nutrition (NRDCAN), Bumthang jointly developed a fodder germplasm in her 1 acre of fallow land.

    The team planted with 10000 Pakshong fodder slips (Pennisetum purpureum), also known as Napier grass, elephant grass or Uganda grass which is becoming a primary fodder crops for dairy farming in sub-tropical areas.

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  • Tsirang Forest Division launches PHPA II Compensatory Plantation

    1Tsirang, June 4: Coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and World Environment Day for Bhutan, the Chief Forestry Officer (CFO), Tsirang Forest Division has launched the PHPA II compensatory plantation in Community Forest Project at Semjong gewog. The 50 Ha plantation site is dedicated to Her Majesty The Gyaltshuen, the Royal Patron for Environment.

    The Division has observed the day with gewog administration, public, teachers and students of Semjong and community forest management group (CFMG) members along with other dignitaries. The CFO graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

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  • 5 June 2018: Pedestrians’ Day

    world-environment-day2Tuesday, 5 June 2018: As per the directives of the Government, every year the World Environment Day is observed as Pedestrians’ Day in Bhutan. Therefore, this is to notify all concerned that tomorrow 5 June 2018 is Pedestrians’ Day, when the vehicle traffic is limited in city centres. The exception is given to emergency and public transport.

    – ICTD

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