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  • National Training Workshop on Evolutionary Plant Breeding 11-18 February 2019

    A week-long training workshop on Evolutionary Plant Breeding for the National Project Stakeholders is underway at Gelephu. The on-farm conservation Project on Evolutionary Plant Breeding “Use of genetic diversity and Evolutionary Plant Breeding for enhanced farmer resilience to climate change, sustainable crop productivity, and nutrition under rain-fed conditions” is supported by IFAD through Biodiversity International. It is an International project coordinated by Bioversity International, Rome and will be implemented in six countries (Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, Uganda, Ethiopia and Jordan). The project will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of rice and bean on-farm diversity in the proposed project sites exploiting the concept of evolutionary plant breeding.

    The objectives of the training workshop are to enhance the capacity of the national project stakeholders on evolving concepts of evolutionary plant breeding, on-Farm crop genetic diversity assessment and seed systems, and social ecological assessment. The training workshop is organized by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang, with technical support from the International Project Coordinating Unit, the Bioversity International, Rome. It is attended by the participants from the Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centres and the extension officials from the proposed project sites. The project will be implemented in 6 sites covering five Dzongkhags representing four agro-ecological zone. The project will identify climate resilient technologies for conservation, development and sustainable use of crop diversity.

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  • OIE PVS Pathway Training Workshop for effectively safeguarding Animal and Human Health

    The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in collaboration with Department of Livestock under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan organized the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway Training Workshop for South Asia and Mongolia from 12th – 15th February 2019 in Paro.Thirty four participants from the SAARC Member Countries, Mongolia, Canada, United States and Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) attended the training. The resource persons for the training workshop were international PVS Experts and OIE staff from Tokyo and Paris.

    Dr. Tashi Samdup, the Director General, Department of Livestock and also currently the Vice President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania represented the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at the launch of the workshop.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo visits 5th RBFE preparation sites at Samdrup Jongkhar

    Hon’ble Lyonpo meet with 5th RBFE Committee member at Samdrup Jongkhar

    January 31-February 11: The Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor visited flower exhibition sites and monitored the ongoing preparations for 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) in Samdrup Jongkhar. Meeting with the committee, His Excellency stressed on the importance of event and to live up to the objectives and expectations of His Majesty The King. Lyonpo also emphasized on the sustainability of the investment, sacrifices and effort nation has made for the event. His Excellency informed that the exhibition should not for the purpose of exhibition alone; the larger part of it is to be used as a platform to give meaning and purpose to Bhutanese people to live clean and contribute to nation building.

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  • RNR Extension Conference 2019 concludes

    February 11-12, Gelephu: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo graced the opening of the two day long RNR Extension Conference 2019 themed “Knowing More From The Grassroots” that was held at Gelephu from 11-12 February 2019 organized and coordinated by Policy and Planning Division (PPD) and Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC), Samtenling of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF). The conference was exclusively organized for the Gewog Extension staffs of South-Central region comprising of six Dzongkhags of Bumthang, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Sarpang, Samtse and Tsirang with the objectives to share the national aspirations and expectations from extension personnel, learn field issues and constraints, get field recommendations, and share best practices of different dzongkhags through which the 12 FYP plans and programs are better implemented. A total of 138 Gewog Extension Staffs and representatives from the departments of the MoAF participated in the conference chaired by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. The conference was funded by the European Union RNR Sector Support Program.

    In the opening remarks, Lyonpo highlighted on the need for striving hard to attain the food self-sufficiency goal which is not only for meeting the domestic food requirements but also for export of RNR products. For this, it was important for the RNR Sectors to prioritize on three key areas of interventions such as production capacity optimization, post-harvest management and marketing strategy. The concerted efforts of all RNR staffs at all levels to work as a team and through consolidation and sharing of new ideas was important to achieve the goals and objectives of the ministry, and more importantly to help our farming communities earn cash income as is done through initiation of activities like “Foothills Festival” of Sarpang Dzongkhag.

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  • Refresher course underway on bacteriological tests for the veterinary laboratory technicians

    11- 16 February, Chukha: A six days refresher training course and workshop on bacteriological tests (bacterial load count and antibiotic sensitivity test) for the veterinary laboratory technicians in the western region is being conducted at Thromde Veterinary Hospital and Satellite Laboratory (TVH & SL), Phuentsholing.

    Given the increasing livestock products such as milk and meat samples being referred to veterinary laboratories for microbial load count and antimicrobial sensitivity test, the objective of the program is to equip veterinary laboratory technicians with the skill set to meet the demand. The program is organised by Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Tsimasham, Department of Livestock, with technical support from National Centre for Animal Health. The refresher training course and workshop is attended by veterinary laboratory technicians from RLDC Tsimasham, Thromde Veterinary Hospital and satellite laboratory, National Veterinary Hospital, and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories under the western region.

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