12 May 2017, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji today launched the National Plant Protection Centre website on Sharing Plant Protection Resources of Bhutan. The website relates three interconnected products- Document retention (google drive): Help Bhutan build on what has been done before; National Plant Pest Database: Technical resource capturing 30+ years of knowledge on pests in Bhutan (> 200 person-years of work) and Pests of Bhutan Website: Provides the public access to the latest information on identification and management of the most important pests (insects, pathogens, weeds, vertebrate pests) in Bhutan.
2-7 May 2017: The Snowman Trek Trail has been regarded as the World’s most difficult Trek by many in this field. Hence this popular trail is also prone to littering by both foreign trekkers and locals alike.
The Department of Forests and Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is one of the core leading initiative taking groups in case of waste management from government organisations besides guarding natural resources of the country. Parks and Sanctuaries under the department are supposed to be well protected, maintained and free from all sorts of issues, however it is found to be quite tough because of human interference within the jurisdictions. Snow man track is one of the popular and well known tracking routes in Bhutan which is also quite popular to other countries. More than half length of this route falls within the jurisdiction of Wangchuck Centennial National park. Travellers including nomads, cordycep collectors and tourists make their travel along this route. Along the way they throw away plastic items, glass bottles and papers generated from junk and other food stuffs. It got accumulated for so many years creating dirty environment nullifying beauty of the route. This has remained one of the challenges so far. However this year the WCNP was able to bring down this issue to a significantly lower level.
May 10-12, Thimphu: Sixty experts have gathered for the National Water Symposium to discuss water resources in Bhutan and ensure its efficient management.
The Hon’ble Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay graced the opening of the symposium. Addressing the participants, he shared that managing water resources is one of the important flagship projects prirotised in the 12th FYP. He urged them to focus on how to supply adequate water to the households and how to conserve water. He also urged them to come up with a proper measure to mange water resources in the country.
The Dzongkhag Livestock sector is conducting a week long AI refresher course for livestock extension staff of Paro Dzongkhag. The main objective of the refresher course is to update the knowledge and skills of the field staff on AI technology. It has been observed that most of the livestock extension staff who were trained on AI during their Diploma/CNR degree program were not practicing AI due to lack of confidence on AI technology, and those staff who are performing AI in the field are mostly senior certificate holders who have not received any updates on the technology. Therefore, such a refresher course is expected to boost the confidence of these two categories of staff and improve service delivery on AI technology. This program will be followed by Contract Heifer and Bull Production expansion and estrous synchronisation programs in the geogs from 15 to 28 May 2017.
The refresher course is funded by the Dzongkhag HRD Capacity Development Fund and technically supported by the National Dairy Research Centre and the Regional Livestock Development Centre, DoL, MoAF.