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  • Promoting Yak Value Chain through transboundary cooperation in Kangchenjunga Landscape

    The Agriculture Secretary met with KL team from Nepal and India on April 2

    The transboundary Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL) in the eastern Himalaya is shared by Bhutan, India and Nepal. Yak herding culture and economy have connected this landscape for centuries. However low returns associated with lack of socio-economic development besides issues around climate change is leading to gradual decline in yak farming across the landscape.

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  • Haa yak herders attend Cooperative formation training

    The Integrated Yak Service Centre based at the National Research Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries and the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector (DLS), Haa conducted the first ever yak herders primary cooperative formation training from 27-30 March 2019 as per the guiding principles set by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) with resource persons from Paro Dzongkhag, DAMC, National Highland Research & Development Centre (NHR&DC) and DLS.

    The objective of the training was to form yak herders primary cooperative for effective rangeland utilisation in the region to enhance sustainable yak husbandry. During the training, the yak herders were informed about the status of cooperative in the country, the benefits of registration, development of constitutions, values and principles, key challenges faced by the herders as well as expectations leading to strengthening the bond within the highland communities as per the agreed by-Laws. The key purpose of forming a Yak Herders Cooperative is to build a Bhutan Yak Association to represent the highland communities at the local, regional, national and international level, serve as a platform for exchanging and sharing of knowledge/experiences within and with other highland communities as well as with other relevant stakeholders.

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  • Meeting on Risk-based Inspection and Sampling Procedure Manuals

    27 March 2019, Thimphu: One day consultative meeting on Risk-based Inspection and Sampling Procedure Manuals was held at Chuniding Resort. Twenty officials from BAFRA Head Office, BAFRA entry points offices, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Phuntsholing and Department of Revenue and Customs attended the meeting.

    The objective of the meeting was to receive feedback and inputs on the draft documents to ensure that they were practical and implementable in Bhutan. The meeting discussed draft documents on policy framework for imported food, risk-based inspection approach, inspection procedure and sampling techniques.

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  • Sharing of benefits to the local community under the access and benefit-sharing framework

    31st March 2019: The benefit-sharing ceremony between the Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation Limited (MSPCL), a State Owned Enterprise and the Namther Menrig Tshogpa, a community-based group in Langthel Gewog under Trongsa Dzongkhag was held on 31st March 2019 at Langthel Gewog in presence of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), MoAF, a national focal agency for the implementation of the access and benefit-sharing (ABS) regime in Bhutan.

    The MSPCL and NBC with the support from the UNDP-GEF Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF) project called “Promoting the Application of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan” has been implementing the ABS scheme with the Namther Menrig Tshogpa. The MSPCL has been granted access to Emblica officinalis (Himalayan gooseberry) and Sapindus rarak (soapnut tree) for the production of anti-ageing cream and a natural handmade soap on mutually agreed terms and conditions through negotiations and execution of an ABS agreement with the Namther Menrig Tshogpa with NBC maintaining oversight. This ABS scheme was a tripartite ABS agreement between two government entities and the local community.

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