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  • DoL signs APA with its Field Offices

    A50X1320August 18, Thimphu: In order to establish clarity about annual priorities, provide an objective and fair basis for evaluating the overall performance, the Department of Livestock (DoL) signed the annual performance agreements (APA) with the head of its field offices. The signing was graced by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary along with the Division Chiefs, Program Directors, Regional Mangers, Managers and other senior officials.

    With the signing, the Department have ensure to work towards achieving the self-reliance in livestock products, promote breed improvement, enhance livestock service delivery, reduce import of livestock products and promote green livestock farming among many others.

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  • First National Biosafety Board Meeting held

    NBB PictureAugust 17, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organised the first National Biosafety Board Meeting under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji.

    The board members are the heads from the Department of Public Health, Department of Trade, Department of Revenue and Customs, Bureau of Law and Order, Department of Agriculture, Department of Livestock, Department of Forest and Park Services, National Biodiversity Centre and BAFRA. The Board also has a high-level representative from the National Environment Commission and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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  • Lhuentse inaugurates Kurichu Capture Fishery

    Untitled-1August 17, Lhuentse: A Kurichu Capture Fishery (KCF) covering 13.5 km was inaugurated in Lhuentse and handed over to the community of Gangzur, Lingabi, Magar and Nimshong villages.

    The inaugural ceremony was graced by Dasho Dzongdag, Jambay Wangchuk; sector heads and forestry officials. In his speech, Dasho highlighted the importance of establishing a capture fishery program and handing over it to the community.

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  • Berti Smoke fish comes with unique burnt aroma

    Untitled-1August 15-17, Zhemgang: Smoked fish, one of the oldest forms of preserved food is enjoying new popularity in Zhemgang as the special ingredients are added to increase deliciousness. Smoking fish in Berti was started in 2015 as a trial in traditional way to preserve the surplus harvest of Roudong fish pond with technical support from the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC) Zhemgang and Dzongkhag Livestock Sector (DLS).

    While marketing for product, cured fish with smoking has won the consumer taste and there are plentiful demand from the hoteliers and individuals. So to meet demand and inspire farmers in fish farming, DLS supported the construction of smoke house with mechanised smoking chamber for Berti Fishery Community (BFC) to smoke fish in large scale.

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  • Workshop on Activity Data Generation for FRL/FREL reporting

    1August 14-17, Thimphu: A four day training workshop on Activity Data Generation for Forest Reference Level/Forest Reference Emission Level (FRL/FREL) reporting is underway at Hotel Ariya. Training participants are from the Forest Resources Management Division (FRMD), Watershed Management Division (WMD) and UWICER who are part of the team involved in developing the FREL/FRL for Bhutan. It is facilitated by a resource person Dr. RemiD’annunzio of FAO HQ, Rome.

    The objectives of the workshop are to discuss the tools developed by FAO Forestry Department under the Open Foris initiative (www.openforis.org) to generate activity data suitable for FREL/FRL. It will also present recent developments of the SEPAL platform and train project staff to use of tools designed by FAO to facilitate the production of robust, transparent and accurate activity data for FREL/FRL. It will further build technical capacity in the SEPAL cloud based processing platform (https://sepal.io) that will enable to access different tools such as R, the Open Foris Geospatial Toolkit and built in applications for stratified area estimation or implementation of BFAST algorithm. It will also discuss to combine three land cover maps for 1995, 2010 and 2016 produced by FRMD, to assess forest cover change over the reference period that will be chosen for the FREL. Identified hotspots of change will be also used to carry out dense time series analysis of change through automatic methods.

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