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  • Guidelines for farm road development revision 2019

    The Department of Agriculture is pleased to share the new revised guideline “Guidelines for farm road development revision 2019”, which has been recently approved by the cabinet. The department has revised the following sections of the erstwhile guideline after several consultations with the local government officials, Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers and Dzongkhag Planning officers.

    Section 3.0 -Screening Criteria.

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  • Bhutan prepares for emergency response actions to tackle African Swine Fever

    6 May, Thimphu: Bhutan prepares for emergency response actions to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF) following the report of ASF mortality in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, India on May 2. The case was confirmed by the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.

    ASF is a severe viral disease of pigs affecting both domestic and wild pigs. It does not directly affect public health and does not transmit from animals to humans. It is a terminal and highly infectious viral disease which causes a serious impact on the pig population and there is no vaccine nor cure for ASF. It can be spread by live or dead pigs and pork and occur via contaminated feed and objects such as shoes, clothes, vehicles, knives and other equipment. The disease has been spreading globally for several years since its first report from China in August 2018.

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  • Letter of intention to award

    This is to notify you that, it is our intention to award the contract for your bid dated (17/03/20) for  execution of the Construction of Distribution Network of Tharaykhola Irrigation Scheme, under Norbugang Gewog, Samtse Dzongkhag for the contract price of Nu. 63,32,354.60 (Sixty three lakhs thirty two thousand three hundred fifty four and chetrum sixty) only as corrected and modified in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The firms may like to seek clarification if any within 10 days from the date of receipt of this letter.

    -DoA

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  • Request for Expressions of Interest (REDD+ Readiness)

    Proposals are invited for expression of interest (EoI) for national consultancy firms for developing the Investment and Implementation Proposal for the implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy & Action Plan of Bhutan as per the details below:

    NAME OF THE PROJECTBhutan REDD+ Readiness-AF of World Bank
    FUNDING AGENCYWorld Bank
    ASSIGNMENT TITLEDevelopment of Investment and Implementation Proposal (IIP) for the implementation of the National REDD+ Strategy & Action Plan of Bhutan
    REFERENCE NUMBERBT-WMD-169084-CS-CQS

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  • Two new species of snails discovered from Bhutan

    Tricula montana

    A team comprising of officials from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang, and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Netherlands published two snail species new to science in ZooKeys in April 2020 (https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/49987/). Two Erhaia species described from Bhutan are Erhaia jannei Gittenberger & Stelbrink and Erhaia pelkiae Gittenberger & Gyeltshen. The species are confirmed using DNA sequencing along with morphological descriptions.

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