Thimphu: Hundred and five new recruits joins the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. Out of 105, 28 are agriculture, 28 livestock, 40 forest, 3 BAFRA and 1 marketing officials.
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10-23 February, Sarpang: Twenty one livestock extension staffs from Sarpang and Dagana are attending a refresher course on Artificial Insemination (AI) and reproductive biotechnology. The course is aimed to train all field staff on AI techniques and update knowledge and skills on latest reproductive biotechnologies like estrus synchronisation, electronic endoscopic AI technique, sex-sorted semen technology, embryo transfer technology. The course is expected to have all staff trained on AI techniques and enhance cattle breeding program through AI intensification activity in east-central region.
The course is being conducted at Samtenling gewog RNR Centre in Sarpang through RLDC approved RDCCRP and Dzongkhag Sectoral funds. It is jointly organised by RLDC-Zhemgang and Sarpang Dzongkhag Livestock Sector with resource persons from National Dairy Research & Development Centre, Yusipang.
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A model poultry layer farm with a capacity of 500 birds was inaugurated at Pelrithang of Gosarling gewog on 7 February. It was attended by the Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Director General of Department of Livestock, Chairman and officials of Miyagi Farm Co, Japan along with senior officials and farmers from Tsirang.
The farm was funded by JICA with technical input from Miyagi Farm Co to transfer effective organism (EM) technology based farming knowledge to poultry farmers of Bhutan. This transfer of knowledge is expected reduce cost of production, increase farm efficiency, increase use of local resources and develop egg brands for international market.
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29 January, Thimphu: Her Excellency Ms. Brigitte Collins, the Ambassador In charge of the Climate Change Negotiations, Renewable Energy and Prevention of Climate Risk to Bhutan called on the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor.
Extending a warm welcome to Her Excellency, Lyonpo thanked the EU Commission and member countries for their commitment to the climate change needs of the least developed countries.
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28-30 January, Gelephu: The agriculture officials are attending the 3rd Agriculture Research Coordination Meeting in Gelephu. It will serve as a technical forum for planning, reviewing and endorsing annual research activities proposed by the Agriculture Research and Development Centres and Central Programs of the Department of Agriculture. It will also highlights the emerging issues in agriculture sector and identify the key research needs and priorities.
The Director, Department of Agriculture at the opening session stated that our research also needs to focus on various emerging issues such as human wild life conflicts, irrigations water management and shortage of farm labours to generate appropriate solutions. She emphasized on streamlining gender disparity, farm feminization, and nutrition and food security issues in the nationally coordinated research trials.
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