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  • Climate smart initiatives to reduce solid waste and fire wood consumption

    Located in alpine landscape, Merak and Sakteng are widely known for its unique culture and blissful landscape. Close to 5000 Brokpas reside in two gewogs which are   experiencing major shift in developmental practices. Sakteng is yet to be connected with motor able road while Merak got connected few years back. No difference to other parts of the country, growth in consumption of processed packaged stuffs in Brokpa’s society is also observed to be increasing over the period which generated lots of waste. Further, harsh weather, poor insulation to retain heat and old age practice of using firewood for cooking and heating of the space, there is a significant increasing trend of fire wood consumption by the Brokpa.

     

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  • International Biodiversity Day celebrated

    Launchi of three booksInternational Biodiversity Day is observed every year on 22nd May, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 years of Action for Biodiversity”. The day was observed at the Youth Centre in Thimphu with participations of more than 150 students from schools around Thimphu, and around 50 researchers and official guests from conservation and funding sector. The event is focused on the students to create awareness on the importance of biodiversity. Various poster demonstrations were carried out, which included recently discovered new species to science, new records for the country, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Policy, herbarium techniques, etc. The event included bioblitz for students around the Ecological Park, and seminars on biodiversity such as bees and wasps, tiger, birds, etc.

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  • Livestock Sector, Lhuentse Working Continued Towards Sustainable Dairy Production.

    115.05.2017, Lhuentse: With the objectives of sustainable dairy production to enhance rural livelihoods and increase import substitute of dairy products the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Lhuentse is working continued towards promotion of dairy farming activity. For the fiscal year 2017-2018 alone we have procured 55 heads of high milking cattle to the dairy groups such as Tangmachu, Minjey, Jarey and Ney. The dairy cows (Jersey) were in-sourced from various Dzogkhags to Lhuenste farmers through providing 30% subsidy, cattle insurance and availing loan from Rural Enterprise Development Cooperation Limited (REDCL).

    Currently, with this program reinforce there is an observed substantial increase in milk products such as butter and cheese available found in the locality by dairy group farmers. In-sourcing of dairy cattle would not only found the significant changes in socio-economic life of the rural farmers but it has also directly impacts on import substitute of dairy products from neighbouring countries.

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  • Crossbreeding and Gross National Happiness of Bhutanese farmers

    Dr. Tashi Samdup, DIRECTOR GENERAL, Department of Livestock (DoL) was awarded with PhD. on May 16, 2018 (afternoon) at WAGENINGEN University of Research, Netherlands.
    Dr. Tashi Samdup, DIRECTOR GENERAL, Department of Livestock (DoL) was awarded with PhD. on May 16, 2018 (afternoon) at WAGENINGEN University of Research, Netherlands.

    Bhutan has embarked on the gross national happiness (GNH) development concept. However, its operationalisation still needs more focus on the issues of the smallholder farmers which comprise about 69% of the Bhutanese population.

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