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  • DoL recognised for ‘Institutionalising Compassion’ at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference

    A symbol of recognition being handed over to the Director General, DoLThe Department of Livestock (DoL) was awarded the prestigious award for “Institutionalising Compassion” at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference that was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 2-5.

    The award was bestowed for its contribution towards improving the animal welfare in the country and taking lead in implementing the nationwide dog population management campaign. DoL and HSI embarked on a joint project to reduce and address increasing free-roaming dogs in Bhutan. During the nine years of successful collaboration since 2009, more than 70,000 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. Bhutan has also made a significant achievement technically in managing the dog population and animal welfare.

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  • Baseline Survey Report for west central region launched

    The Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, JICA Chief Representative and Officer In-Charge (IHPP-JICA) launched the reportWangdue: The baseline survey which was conducted in four targeted Dzongkhags of Dagana, Tsirang, Punakha and Wangdue in 2016 was formally launched by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, JICA Chief Representative and Officer In-Charge (IHPP-JICA), Japan during the 2nd Joint Coordination Committee Meeting held at the Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) Bajo on December 1.

    The main aim of the baseline survey was to establish a starting point to assess the impact of the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (IHPP) on the livelihood farming communities and Bhutanese stakeholders. It was also conducted to gain a deeper understanding of existing agriculture scenarios and to comprehend food security and vulnerability that will help identifying the root cause and patterns of innovation adoption in agriculture.

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  • Farm Machinery standards and testing activities in November

    mmexport1511782519247Ensuring safe and efficient farm machinery through standards endorsement and testing of farm machinery and recommending the same to end users is one of three major mandates of Agriculture Machinery Centre. After intensive awareness on importance of the standards and benefits it has for both the business community and end users, the request to test the farm machinery are pouring in from both public and private firms and which is indeed a positive trend. A few of the activities conducted in the month of November is shared.

    20171127_113135This month, a reaper machine from Sonam Dongphel dealer was tested based on the MoAF standards in ARDC Bajo fields after completing the formal signing agreement. Also the Indonesian made reaper of FMCL is also being tested in ARDC, Samteling field in south and completed today. Also based on the request from FMCL, Mitsubishi power tiller is being tested and the engine performance issue shall be tabled in the upcoming BSB TC meeting. A daily tests on engine performance for different petrol engines was conducted along with JICA expert support through the SfaMP-II, project of AMC, JICA for duration of 3 weeks in this month.

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  • Farm mechanisation training highlights in November

    mmexport1512108956422Training and awareness programmes for farm mechanisation is one of the three major mandates of the Agriculture Machinery Centre at Paro. In pursuance of employment generation and also drudgery reduction in agricultural practices, a few training activities conducted in the month of November are being shared.

    The standard one month long power tiller maintenance and operation trainings were conducted for 5 trainees in Paro and 9 trainees in AMC office, Khangma respectively and certificated issued upon the successful completion of the training today. Also 12 trainees are undergoing the tractor training in AMC office, Samtenling from November 16 onwards which is for a period of two months.

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