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  • Training of Trainers on Entrepreneurship Development

    January 22 – February 2, Zhemgang: The Training of Trainers (ToT) on Entrepreneurship Development is underway at Rural Development Training Centre, (RDTC), Zhemgang. The ToT on Entrepreneurship Development is jointly conducted by RDTC, Zhemgang in collaboration with Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Division under Department of Employment and Human Resources. The training is conducted using Competency based Economies through Formation of Enterprise(CEFE) methodologies covering four modules; Unlocking competencies, Matching person with project, Business plan preparation and Business plan presentation.

    The officials from regional RNR office based at Zhemgang along with Dzongkhag RNR including Geog Administrative Officer are attending the Course. The training is aimed at incorporating certain entrepreneurship concept in training program as well as in the long run to have a pool of entrepreneurship capacity development support service at the regional level.

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  • JSWNP Supports local community in improving local products for livelihood

    Hidden in the dense forests, closer to the great Jowo Durshing, and for so long clung to their traditional customs without proper connectivity with modern infrastructures, villages of Rukha, Lawa and Lamga remained as real epitome of classical Bhutanese settlers. These isolation has indeed been a boon when it comes to preserving their traditional culture and harnessing the local resources in the most sustainable ways, as they are the major source of livelihood. Nya-Dosem, a smoke-dried fish is a local delicacy much sought by the elites and their artistic product like Zem are much demanded. Being residents inside Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP), the park management has been trying to uplift their livelihood and has supported them with many Integrated Conservation Development Program activities. Once believed to be hunters and gatherers, they are now an integral part of the park and plays a vital role in conservation because of the support and incentives delivered by the national park.

    In an effort to promote their local products especially those made from cane and bamboo, JSWNP is currently conducting a product diversification and improvement training for the peoples of Lawa and Lamga. The training attended by youths, women and elderly men from the villages intends to integrate and harmonise this traditional crafting culture and pass down the younger generations. The park officials facilitated the programme with resource persons from the beneficiaries. The intention is to encourage the community to harness the best from their community forest by the sale of products obtained from their CFs and to build better stewardship for proper management of the resources without exploitation.

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  • Annual Monitoring Workshop for AFACI Projects in Bhutan

    January 22, Thimphu: Based on the requirement of the funding agency, the annual monitoring workshop 2017 for the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) projects in Bhutan was conducted. Participants included project Principal Investigators (PIs), Assistant National Contact Person and three independent evaluators consisting of M&E Officers from the Gross National Happiness Commission and Ministry’s Policy and Planning Division. It was chaired by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary.

    AFACI is an inter-governmental and multi-lateral cooperation initiated by the Government of Korea to promote sustainable agriculture growth in the asian region. Bhutan became the member of the AFACI in 2013 and today nine different projects are implemented through various agencies under the Ministry.

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  • New AI centre in Sarpang

    January 22, Sarpang: Two new Artificial Insemination (AI) centres in Sershong and Chuzergang gewogs has been established jointly by the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Zhemgang, Sarpang Dzongkhag Livestock Sector and National Dairy Research Centre, Yusipang.

    The centres are expected to benefit about 714 households owning approximately 2993 heads of cattle. They were established as a part of regional breed intensification program to meet the annual performance target of 8691MT of milk production set for the region’s 12th FYP.

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