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  • Building CSIs capacity on food safety licensing and certification

    3-6 August, Tsirang: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is organizing a four-day awareness training on food safety licensing and certification requirements for agro-based Cottage and Small Industries (CSI). A total of twenty six participants consisting of representatives from CSIs based in Tsirang, agriculture extension official and BAFRA officials are attending the training.

    During the opening session, Gyem Bidha, the Chief of Food Safety and Quality Division highlighted the importance of CSIs in nation’s economic growth and improving the livelihood of rural population. She emphasized on the significance of meeting the food safety legal requirements for operating any kind of food business and certification to Bhutanese agro-based products for better market.

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  • National REDD+ Strategy & Action Plan of Bhutan launched

    31 July, Thimphu: Coinciding with the World Rangers Day 2020, the Watershed Management Division (REDD+ Secretariat) launched the National REDD+ Strategy & Action Plan of Bhutan. The launching ceremony was graced by Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture & Forests (MoAF), Royal Government of Bhutan along with Hon’ble Members of the Parliament, Departmental Heads of MoAF and other invited dignitaries.

    REDD+ stands for reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of sustainable management of forests, conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. It is a mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) designed to provide financial support for efforts put in by developing countries to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and enhance carbon sequestration. However, for countries to participate in the REDD+ mechanism, the National REDD+ Strategy, National Forest Monitoring System, National Forest Reference Emission Level and Safeguard Information System have to be developed as part of the REDD+ Readiness.

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  • Haa celebrates World Rangers Day

    31 July, Haa: The Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji graced the World Rangers Day celebration at the Jigme Khesar Strict Nature ReserveHaa yesterday. He awarded new gosa or insignia to the officials introduced by the Department of Forests and Park Services to celebrate rangers.

    Around 38 rangers from Paro and Haa were present along with Dasho Dzongda and other senior officials.

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  • 4th World Ranger Day observed with the launching of revised gosa system

    31 July Thimphu: The Department of Forests and Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests observed the fourth World Ranger Day today on 31st July 2020. Globally, the day is observed to commemorate rangers who have lost their lives or are injured in the line of duty and also to celebrate the works our rangers do on daily basis at the forefront of conservation.

    This year, the day was marked by all the field offices across the country to acknowledge the services the rangers’ render for the conservation of environment and to the nation as a whole. This year’s celebration also marked an important milestone in the history of the department with the launching of the revised gosa system. With the introduction of this gosa system, all the forestry officials will now adorn a unique gosa which in the past did not exist for all ranks of rangers. The forestry gosa system is pegged to the position classification system of the Royal Civil Service and in no way equated to other existing gosa system in the country. The design of the gosa elements features Meconopsis gakyidiana, the national flower, the logo of the department and the colour of our national flag worn as stripes, which will be worn based on the ranks. It also signifies the commitment of the department to conserve and protect the Kingdom’s pristine environment with full loyalty and dedication for the benefit of the present and future generations.

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