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  • Potato variety rich in Iron and Zinc released to address Malnutrition and enhance Income.

    The new potato variety introduced from International Potato Center, Lima, Peru has high Iron and Zinc content and also rich in Vitamin C. It is a red variety and oval in shape which is preferred by farmers and export market. It also has good chipping quality. New variety hScreen Shot 2017-05-16 at 1.05.15 PMas a yield potential of more than 11mt /ac which is more than double the existing national average. The variety is expected to help address the malnutrition situation in the young children as it is one of the most preferred food items among children.

    Similarly, two upland paddy varieties have also been accepted for release. One of the new varieties is local selection (Zangthi 2) from Zangthi Village inScreen Shot 2017-05-16 at 1.14.07 PM Samdrup Jongkhar and other one is introduced from Nepal. Both the varieties have red grains and have yield potential as par with the normal season paddy. Continue reading  Post ID 7453

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  • A Power Tiller each handed over to 4 Geogs of Thimphu Dzongkhag

    Hon'ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji handing over the 4 Power Tillers
    Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji handing over the 4 Power Tillers

    15 May 2017, Wangsisina, Thimphu: On Saturday, the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, handed over one Power Tiller each to four geogs of Thimphu Dzongkhag namely Kawang, Chang, Mewang and Genekha. This is the second time that a power tiller each is being distributed to these geogs, though the first time it was to all eight geogs of Thimphu Dzongkhag.

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  • NPPC website on Pests of Bhutan Launched

    Hon'ble MoAF Minister browsing the website after lauching
    Hon’ble MoAF Minister browsing the website after launching

    12 May 2017, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji today launched the National Plant Protection Centre website on Sharing Plant Protection Resources of Bhutan. The website relates three interconnected products- Document retention (google drive): Help Bhutan build on what has been done before; National Plant Pest Database: Technical resource capturing 30+ years of knowledge on pests in Bhutan (> 200 person-years of work) and Pests of Bhutan Website: Provides the public access to the latest information on identification and management of the most important pests (insects, pathogens, weeds, vertebrate pests) in Bhutan.

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  • Picture Story: German-Bhutan Friendship Plantation Plaque Unveiled

    May 11, 2017, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Yeshey Dorji and His Excellency Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of Germany to India unveiled the plaque for the tree plantation carried out at Kuenselphodrang on April 6. The plantation was led by Her Excellency Dr. Barbara Anne Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany to strengthen Bhutan-German friendship. A delegation of three members led by Dr. Martin Ney was in the country from 9-12 May. -ICTD
    May 11, 2017, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji and His Excellency Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of Germany to India unveiled the plaque for Bhutan-German Friendship Plantation  at the site of the recent tree plantation carried out at Kuenselphodrang on April 6 2017. The plantation had been led by Her Excellency Dr. Barbara Anne Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany to strengthen Bhutan-German friendship. A delegation of three members led by Dr. Martin Ney was in the country from 9-12 May 2017.
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  • Cleaning Campaign along the Snowman Trek Trail

    Untitled-12-7 May 2017: The Snowman Trek Trail has been regarded as the World’s most difficult Trek by many in this field. Hence this popular trail is also prone to littering by both foreign trekkers and locals alike.

    The Department of Forests and Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is one of the core leading initiative taking groups in case of waste management from government organisations besides guarding natural resources of the country. Parks and Sanctuaries under the department are supposed to be well protected, maintained and free from all sorts of issues, however it is found to be quite tough because of human interference within the jurisdictions. Snow man track is one of the popular and well known tracking routes in Bhutan which is also quite popular to other countries. More than half length of this route falls within the jurisdiction of Wangchuck Centennial National park. Travellers including nomads, cordycep collectors and tourists make their travel along this route. Along the way they throw away plastic items, glass bottles and papers generated from junk and other food stuffs. It got accumulated for so many years creating dirty environment nullifying beauty of the route. This has remained one of the challenges so far. However this year the WCNP was able to bring down this issue to a significantly lower level.

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