29 October 2015: Enroute to Mongar, Lyonpo launched the sheep restocking at Dechenpelrithang sheep farm at Bumthang. The farm was restocked with additional 246 native sheep taking the herd strength to 360. Such a measure, according to Lyonpo, is expected to not only revive sheep farming but also conserve the genetic resources, offering wider choice of genetic materials for effective breeding and selection, and preserve and enrich the associated culture and tradition.
Furthermore, Lyonpo said that the timing is very appropriate for such a revival, being the year of the Female Wood Sheep and the 60th Birth Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo.
30 October 2015: Lyonpo also visited the Pig and Poultry Farm at Lingmethang in Mongar Dzongkhag and encouraged reutilisation of old buildings and equipment. Lyonpo also visited the Integrated Fruits Processing Plants currently being constructed at Taijuma and attended the inauguration of Ngagdra Dorji Choe Ghar at Kurizampa.
31 October 2015: Lyonpo and team visited Ladrong Primary School in Lhuentse where the school as part of the dedication activity for the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The 4th Druk Gyalpo offered a week-long prayer for his long life. Lyonpo and entourage presented the school with various library books and also visited the School’s Agriculture Program (SAP).
As part of the tour, Lyonpo also inaugurated farm shops at Jarey and Metsho geogs in Lhuentse. The farm shops were set up to provide best available farm inputs and services under one roof. In the later part of the day, Lyonpo inaugurated the electric fencing at Jarey Geog and met with community members.
Enroute to Metsho geog, Lyonpo visited the Zangkhar Primary School and met with the teachers and students. While appreciating the school for having won the best SAP school this year, he encouraged them to not only maintain the status quo but also try to keep improving. Lyonpo instructed the Regional Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives and Food Corporation of Bhutan to explore the possibilities of opening of farm shop at Zangkhar chiwog.
1 Nov 2015: Lyonpo accompanied His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck for inauguration of the Ney Rehabilitation Project. HRH Gyaltshab granted Royal Kasho and Lag Thram for Khimsa to 51 beneficiaries, after which Gyaltshab inspected the new houses and met with families. The project was implemented under the national rehabilitation programme which was initiated upon the Royal command of His Majesty The King in order to alleviate the poverty and improve livelihood of the landless and socio-economically disadvantaged people across the country.
2-3 November 2015: In the last two days of the tour, Lyonpo and entourage together with His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan attended the Consecration Ceremony of the giant bronze statue of Guru Nangsey Zilneon at Takila, Tangmachu, Lhuentse.
Compiled and Photos by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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