December 11, Thimphu: Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Royal Patron for the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER) and the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) graced the tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between UWICER, BES and School for Field Studies (SFS) at Taj Tashi.
In order to mark the 11th enthronement year of His Majesty The King, a nationwide cleaning campaign was organised yesterday. Officials from the Ministry carried out the cleaning campaign at Kuenselphodrang, National Memorial Chorten and near Tashi Chho Dzong among others. The Hon’ble Lyonchhoen initiated the first nationwide cleaning campaign last year.
The Department of Livestock (DoL) was awarded the prestigious award for “Institutionalising Compassion” at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference that was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 2-5.
The award was bestowed for its contribution towards improving the animal welfare in the country and taking lead in implementing the nationwide dog population management campaign. DoL and HSI embarked on a joint project to reduce and address increasing free-roaming dogs in Bhutan. During the nine years of successful collaboration since 2009, more than 70,000 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. Bhutan has also made a significant achievement technically in managing the dog population and animal welfare.
December 4, Paro: The first batch of 15 students from the Technical Training Institute, Chumey joined the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) yesterday for a three month long farm machinery mechanic course under the newly developed programme.
Wangdue: The baseline survey which was conducted in four targeted Dzongkhags of Dagana, Tsirang, Punakha and Wangdue in 2016 was formally launched by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, JICA Chief Representative and Officer In-Charge (IHPP-JICA), Japan during the 2nd Joint Coordination Committee Meeting held at the Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) Bajo on December 1.
The main aim of the baseline survey was to establish a starting point to assess the impact of the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (IHPP) on the livelihood farming communities and Bhutanese stakeholders. It was also conducted to gain a deeper understanding of existing agriculture scenarios and to comprehend food security and vulnerability that will help identifying the root cause and patterns of innovation adoption in agriculture.