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  • DoA Director visits farmer groups in Bumthang

    A50X9890August 5, Bumthang: The Director for Department of Agriculture (DoA) accompanied by senior officials met with successful farmer groups. This was the first visit of Director after being appointed as the head for DoA.

    The team first visited Phuntsho Rabten Kewa Tshogpa. It was established in 2011 with seven members. They cultivate and process potato chips and market them in Bumthang. One of the group members said they sell around 1000 packets of chips with an approximate earning of Nu. 30,000/month.

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  • New species of snails and plants described from Bhutan

    Snails

    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini
    Fig. 1. Rahula kleini

    Three species of snails, new to science were discovered and described from Bhutan by the researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang. The three newly described species are: Rahula kleini Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, Rahula trongsaensis Gittenberger, Leda &Sherub, and Erhaia wangchuki Gittenberger, Sherub &Stelbrink. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the National Biodiversity Centre’s invertebrate repository. With these discoveries, as of July 2017, the total snails and slugs (Molluscs) of Bhutan stands at 120 species. However, the researchers expect that the number could be close to 200, because nearly every new locality brings in one or more species, either new to science or new record for Bhutan.

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  • Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited launched

    The Hon'ble Lyonpo congratulates the new CEO
    The Hon’ble Lyonpo congratulates the new CEO

    August 3, Thimphu: To complement the development needs of livestock sector in the country and create job opportunities for youths and farmers in livestock enterprises, the Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited (BLDCL) was launched yesterday. Jigme Wangchuk is the first Chief Executive Officer of the company.

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  • Training on REDD+ Strategy and Safeguards for REDD+ Program of Bhutan

    Untitled-1August 2-4, Paro: A three day training workshop on Strategy and Safeguards for the REDD+ Program of Bhutan is underway at Metta Resort and Spa. Participants include the officials from all the territorial forest divisions, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Taryayana Foundation and Social Forestry and Extension Division.

    The workshop aims to build awareness and capacity on REDD+ and their components under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discuss initial proposed REDD+ Strategy options and methods to identify their potential risks and benefits. It will also build capacity of the participants to conduct consultation workshops at Dzongkhag and local levels on the REDD+ Strategy options and Polices & Measures (PAMs).

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  • Enhancing capacity building of women for co-operative development

    unnamedAugust 1-4, Thimphu: More than 25 people including women representing progressive co-operatives, BAOWE, Tarayana Foundation, Youth Development Fund and field officers from the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) are attending a training on Management Capacity of Women for Co-Operative Development at Jambayang Resort. Resource persons are experts from the International Co-operative Alliance-Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) Secretariat, a well-known co-operative in Sri Lanka.

    While the training subject is building capacity of the co-operative as a whole, it is designed in a way to give greater stress on women members considering that approximately 46% of the members of farmer groups and co-operatives in Bhutan are women but only around 20 % of them are in leadership. The training is being organised by DAMC with fund support from ICA-AP.

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