May 20, Thimphu: Towards effective and market driven plantations, landscaping and other diversified products, His Excellency, Joao Cravinho, EU Ambassador to India and Bhutan, and the Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the Green Bhutan initiative at Serbithang. Their Excellencies also inaugurated the new biking trail in Kuenselphodrang.
At the inauguration, Lyonpo shared that the Green Bhutan is an innovative venture that will not only provide economic and employment opportunities to the people but also help ensure the constitutional requirement of the need to maintain at least 60 % forest cover for all times to come. ‘I am personally thrilled and excited about its immediate implementation and urge you all to support it’, Lyonpo added.
Ambassador Joao Cravinho said that EU shares a close relationship with Bhutan flourished through dialogue and trust. He expressed that he is happy to be associated with this remarkable initiative.
The initiative is one of the few agriculture ventures that the Ministry is opting to corporatise. It is also aimed at realising His Majesty’s recent statement, “Where we live must be clean, safe, organized and beautiful, for national integrity, national pride and for our bright future. This too is nation building.”
The initiative is expected to inspire appreciation for beautiful spaces, foster community vitality, and encourage the growth of vibrant entrepreneurship in floriculture and landscaping across the nation. It further intends to centralise plantations and nursery development to provide products and services including quality seeds and seedlings.
According to a spokesperson, the 3.5 km long biking trail connects Kuenselphodrang and Depsi serving three purposes. It will check haphazard urban expansion around Thimphu, act as a fire line and provide access for combating fire during forest fire incidences and provide direct outdoor recreational benefits to Thimphu city dwellers.
The Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) constructed the trail at a cost of Nu. 1.8 million. NRED is planning to construct approximately 60 kms biking trails in Thimphu, the first phase is being completed.
Both inaugurations were a part of the Ministry’s several initiatives to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth King.
-Tshering Doma with photos by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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