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  • International Biodiversity Day observed at Buli, Zhemgang

    The International Biodiversity Day was observed on 22nd May at Buli Central School, Zhemgang. The main objective of observing the day was to create awareness on the importance of biodiversity conservation and to recognize the important role of farmers as custodians of our agrobiodiversity. The day included a seed fair by farmers, an exhibition and a quiz on Bhutan’s biodiversity by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC). Farmers from Buli and nearby gewogs participated in the seed fair and students took part in the quiz.

    In addition, a book titled “Biodiversity Statistics of Bhutan 2017” published by NBC, was launched during the day. The book reports for the first time, a total of 11,248 species of all biodiversity groups found in Bhutan namely 5114 species under the Kingdom Animalia, 5369 species under the Kingdom Plantae, 690 species of fungus, 55 species under the Kingdom Chromista, 18 species of Eubacteria, and two species of protozoa under the Kingdom Protista.

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  • Mass Plantation along Thimphu-Paro Highway

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), along with Forest division of Thimphu and Paro Dzongkhags, conducted a mass plantation program along the Thimphu-Paro Highway on 20th May 2019. This is the second mass plantation along the highway initiated by MoAF.

    His Excellency the Sanam Lyonpo officially launched the event with planting of a peach seedling at Chunzom. With the inaugural planting, the event took off starting from Chuzom towards Paro by Paro Forest Division and towards Thimphu by Thimphu Forests Division involving all the participants. The DANTAK officials, as agreed during the coordination meeting held on 4th April 2019 at MoAF, has arranged a tanker for watering seedlings. The plantation sites along the highway will be properly protected with painted bamboo fencing of uniform size and shape to promote aesthetic view of the highway.

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  • Rescued Pangolin released on the International Biodiversity Day

    An Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) was rescued on the night of 21st May, 2019 from the Industrial area in Samdrup Jongkhar. Acting upon the tipoff from the local people, Mr. Ugyen Chophel (Dzongkhag Beautification Officer) and I rushed to the site and rescued a healthy male Pangolin, trying to encroach into the human settlement. It was immediately taken to the Forest Office and kept in the captivity for its safe release on the next day.

    As per the literature, the Indian pangolin is a solitary, shy, slow-moving and mostly nocturnal, and terrestrial mammal. This species is listed as Endangered A3d+4d due to the hunting and increasing levels of poaching, principally for its meat and scales, both for local use and for illicit international trade in scales, which has also occurred historically (International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN], 2013).

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  • Notice Inviting Tender

    The Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest would like to invite sealed tenders from eligible & qualified national bidders having a valid trade license for the supply of following items under the REDD+ Readiness Project of the World Bank

    1. Supply of High-spec laptops
    2. Supply of video conferencing system
    3. Supply of springshed equipment

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  • Auction Notice

    Agriculture and Research Development under Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest will be carrying out auctioning of Litchi fruits on 23rd May 2019 at 11.00 am. The interest bidders are requested to inspect the orchard and participate in the auction at conference hall of ARDC, Samtenling. The participants are required to fulfill the following terms and conditions:

     

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