11 February 2017, Jigmeling: Around 30 participants from the Territorial Forest Divisions and Protected Areas underwent a three days hands-on-training at the Southern Regional Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (SWRRC), Jigmeling, Sarpang. The Training which began on Tuesday went on till 9 February.
February 9, Thimphu: The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for supply of organic vegetables was signed between the Rangzhin Sanam Detshen (RSD) and 11 Hotels: Amankora Resort, Taj Tashi, Terma Linca, Druk Hotel, Hotel Galingkha, Bhutan Suites, Hotel Ariya, Tashi Yoedling, Hotel Pedling, Bhutan Hotel and Fu Lu Shou, Thimphu in presence of Gasa Dzongda.
The Rangzhin Sanam Detshen, is the first ever certified organic growers group of Khatoed Gewog, Gasa. They will supply organic potato, garlic and carrot at agreed prices of Nu. 31, Nu. 120 and Nu. 60 respectively, per kilogram.
9 February 2017, Thimphu: A training workshop on plant taxonomy and Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (BBP) (www.biodiversity.bt) was conducted for the officials of the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) at Thimphu. The training workshop aimed to brief the officials of JDNP on the plant identification techniques, herbarium techniques and awareness on the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (BBP). This training workshop was targeted to the forestry officials of JDNP to continue collecting specimens for herbarium and strengthen the herbarium program at the park. Herbarium would be mostly focused on the collection alpine plant species and documenting the plant species diversity in the park. Basic knowledge and idea on plant identification techniques and herbarium specimen processing techniques were imparted to the officials of the park. Practical sessions were conducted on the herbarium processing and the participants also visited the National Herbarium to learn about the uniformity of labels and specimens’ arrangement techniques. Currently, National Herbarium uses the Bentham and Hooker System of Classification.
The training workshop also focused on available books, literature and papers and BBP. Participants were made aware of the understudied biodiversity groups such as ferns, mosses, algae, etc. User interface of the BBP were briefed on the background and importance of BBP and further demonstration on BBP was conducted, which surprisingly many participants were interested to study and document various biodiversity groups such as birds, orchids, mammals, etc. The awareness program on BBP is a part of seminar series which is conducted throughout the country by prioritizing relevant and important institutions such as Department of Forests and Park Services, College of Natural Resources, Sherubtse College, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, the Tourism Industry and general public at large. BBP acts as an online biodiversity repository contributed by the biodiversity enthusiasts and citizen participations and it is also an online platform which is available to all interested national and international users.
Lobeysa: A week long integrated training course for 30 school teachers completed on January 27, 2017 at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobeysa. It was conducted jointly by the Department of School Education (DSE) and CNR.
The training helps equip teachers of new School Agriculture Programme (SAP) member schools to manage school level SAP activities and also to train assistant focal teachers of Vegetable Go to School Project (VeGoTs) member schools. Teachers learn both the theory and practical of model vegetable garden development, mushroom cultivation, composting and livestock production. The World Food Programme (WFP) Bhutan also made a presentation on a new concept of developing integrated action plan of agriculture with school health and school feeding programme.
February 5, Thimphu: On fifth of February 2017, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests joined the Nation in celebrating the First Birth Anniversary of HRH The Gyalsey. The auspicious occasion, was graced by Hon’ble Chief guest, The Prime Minister of Bhutan accompanied by the Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament along with other guests.