June 20 – 22, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), MoAF, is organising a workshop on “Finalisation of Biosafety Rules and Regulations 2016” at Rochog Pel Hotel, Thimphu.
Around 40 participants comprising of Biosafety Technical Working Group and the Regulatory & Quarantine Officials of BAFRA are attending this three Day’s Consultation workshop.
The newly constructed Fenchikhola-Kamigaon irrigation scheme in Norgaygang Gewog, Samtse was inaugurated on 19 June 2016 by Dasho Nim Dorji, Director General, Department of Agriculture (DoA). The 9.8 km long irrigation scheme (piped) will benefit 150 households of Halhaley, Beteni, Gondaygaon, Lepcha gaon, Beachgaon, Mukhunigaon and Kamigaon villages. The scheme will irrigate over 200 acres of paddy-land and is expected to enhance local crop production.
The project was financed by the Government of India through the Project-Tied Assistance (PTA) program. Nu. 35.84 million was spent on the construction of 9.8 km long pipe irrigation channel and was completed in 10 months. The work was entirely surveyed, designed and supervised by Engineering Division, DoA. The Department of Agriculture would like to thank all the major stakeholders i.e. Dzongkhag, Drungkhag and Gewog administrations, local communities, engineers and the Contractor for smooth implementation of the project.
June 16, Zhemgang: A one day quiz competition on Climate Change (CC) was held at the Rural Training Development Centre to create awareness on CC, the impacts of which is now regarded as one of the major environmental concerns globally. Farmers from geogs like Trong, Nangkhor, Goshing, Ngangla, Shingkhar and Bardo attended the program.
Prior to the quiz competition, farmers were highlighted on some of the basic issues that could be risky as CC impacts. They were encouraged to maintain a sustainable use of forest and water resources for healthy environment. A brief on the RNR-Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP), an EU funded four year project to enhance resilience of Bhutan’s rural households to the effects of climate change and quiz format were also shared.
14 June, 2016: The Regional Livestock Development Centre, Zhemgang organised a five day refresher training on Animal Health management and Welfare services from 5 to 10 June at RNR-RDC, Bumthang with the theme ‘‘Approach to Delivery of Excellent Veterinary Services.’’
June 8, Pemagatshel: Gypsum Gonor Chirphuen Detshen, a farmers dairy group has become the seventh Milk Processing Unit (MPU) in the Dzongkhag wherein 70 farmers collect fresh milk and process them into butter and cheese using modern equipment.
The milk collections are done every day from three villages of Yalang, Denchi and Khothakpa. The group also owns a sales counter in the Gypsum town to sell the processed products at a reasonable price.