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  • Proceedings on Roadmap for Organic Agriculture Policy in Bhutan

    May 22-23, Thimphu: The National Organic Programme (NOP), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Bhutan, supported by ICIMOD is currently in the process of assessing the potential and challenges for Organic Agriculture in Bhutan to support the development of mountain rural livelihoods in the context of socio-economic and climate change. This activity builds on the work already conducted by NOP as well as on the pilots conducted by ICIMOD’s Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas-Himalica, a demand-driven programme financed by the European Union and managed by ICIMOD. Himalica aims to support vulnerable mountain communities in the HKH region to adapt to climate and socio-economic change in selected sites in Bhutan.

    In line with Government of Bhutan’s endeavours to promote organic agriculture, the objective of this assignment is to assess the potential impact of Bhutan’s stated vision of going 100% organic, and its possible impacts on i) environment, ii) economy iii) social development of the country in the short, medium, and long term; and also, iv) to assess the opportunities and challenges for Organic Agriculture as a source of livelihood for local people in Bhutan (including ICIMOD’s pilot sites).

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  • Handing and taking over of UWICER Office

    12Mr. Shacha Dorji assumed charge of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research as Specialist Head (officiating) w.e.f 17th July 2017 as per the new organogram and staffing pattern approved by the RCSC vide letter no. RCSC/HRDM/7/2017/2253. The faculty and staff attended the ceremony where outgoing Director Nawang Norbu handed over the charges to Mr. Shacha Dorji.

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  • Farm Record and Book Keeping Training at Lhuntse

    Trainees attending practical session
    Trainees attending practical session

    17 July, 2017- Lhuentse: A training on farm records and book keeping was organised by the Lhuentse Dzongkhag Livestock Office in close consultation with Regional Agriculture Marketing Cooperatives (RAMCO). The resource persons were from RAMCO and the training was funded by CARLEP project. The three day program started from 12 of July and successfully completed on 14 July 2017.

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  • Awareness campaign held for Foot and Mouth Disease

    1July 16, Paro: Following the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Paro, the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo accompanied by the Director General for BAFRA and experts from the Department of Livestock and BAFRA met with the people in the FMD outbreak areas to assess the situation and create public awareness to control the outbreak. The officials also discussed on the issues to come up with a solution to rapidly contain FMD outbreak in Paro.

    FMD is an endemic in Bhutan and has been reported in all Dzongkhags except n Tsirang. On an average, Bhutan experiences around 14-15 FMD outbreaks in a year.

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  • Youth Engagement in Agriculture Programme successfully concludes

    Hon'ble Sanam Lyonpo with the happy students
    Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo with the happy students

    14 July, Thimphu: 145 students out of the 156 registered students from nine Thimthrom schools have successfully completed eight days of summer vacation in a meaningful engagement programme offered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

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