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  • Farmers in Phuntshopelri shows keen interest in watermelon farming

    Watermelon will soon be an important cash crop for farmers in Phuntshopelri gewog, Samtse. A ‘Sugar Baby’ variety of water melon was introduced in the gewog in December 2019 to provide an alternative source of income and encourage farmers and youth groups. Locally raised seedlings were planted in the field of a farmer, Mon Bdr. Mongar at Chhunag covering 0.4 acres of land.

    Awareness training was also provided to all 21 Chhunag households covering the water melon cultivating technology such as nursery raising, construction of low cost polytunnel, planting, mulching, irrigation and pest and disease management practices.

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  • Up scaling of Payment for Environmental Service Scheme in Tsirang Dzongkhag

    In Bhutan, a number of Payment for Environmental Service (PES) scheme types, currently functioning have the potential to be scaled up in other parts of the country taking into account, lessons and experiences generated today in the country. A comprehensive of these mechanisms will be valuable for scaling up, and could also be offered as models that could potentially, be replicated in the districts. This would contribute to responding to challenges, with synergizing rapid socio-economic development, with the Governments conservation efforts to uphold the constitutional mandate, of maintaining 60 percent of land under forests cover forever.

    Bhutan has one of the highest per capita water availability in the region. However, with growth in population, rapid socio-economic development, and impact of climate change, the protection of watershed and riverine ecosystems has become an urgent and important issue. Considering the water crisis in Tsirang, there is an urgent need to protect and manage watersheds, for the benefit of our future generations. At present, the overall management of the water resources is poor, and it is timely that the Government agencies and communities’ partnership, to explore various approaches for the effective management of watershed. Without human intervention, the water crisis can threaten the balance of ecosystem goods and services. The communities believe that, such an undertaking would be one viable option, to help prevent water related problems, with the increasing population and development in future.

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  • Bhutan unveils Innovative Commodity Market Information System

    24 June Thimphu, 2020: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF) along with the European Union (EU) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) today unveiled a new online platform, Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), for Bhutanese agricultural producers. This online platform, developed with the financial support of the EU and technical expertise of ITC, will enhance the information flow related to the country’s agriculture products.

    AMIS was officially launched today by His Excellency the Honourable Minister of  Agriculture and Forests, Mr. Yeshey Penjor, together with His Excellency the Honourable Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan, Mr. Ugo Astuto, through a virtual platform.

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  • Officers’ Badge: A Symbol of Pride and Honor

    The Department of Forests and Park Services has introduced officers badge from the Forestry officers position level to the Director General. A badge is a piece of metal, that is affixed to a person’s uniform. To the outsider, it may not seem like much on the surface, but for the forestry professionals, the badge is a great source of pride. It is the most meaningful piece of the uniform, and it is for those men and women who go out and work hard to protect, manage, conserve the forests and serve the people. Being an officer, is not just a job and to these professionals a badge is not just a badge. It is a symbol of dedication, hard work and a commitment to the people they serve. As such it is important to have only the very best.

    When someone is given their badge, it is a special occasion – a day to be remembered for ever. It is a memory that sticks with them and inspires them to tackle their jobs every day with renewed vigor. It is for all these reasons we appreciate and respect the badges’ importance as a part of the forestry personnel’s uniform. It is a symbol of great honor and pride to serve the King, Country and People.

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  • Cordyceps permit issued to Khatoed highlanders

     2 June, Gasa: Gasa Dzongkhag Administration and park office issued the permits for cordyceps collection to around 30 people of Khatoed gewog coinciding with the Social Forestry Day.

    Considering the pandemic COVID-19 situation, officials advised the highlanders to strictly follow the procedures, rules and waste management practices. This year, officials will ensure that people carry their own waste back home and maintain cleanliness at the cordyceps collection sites.

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