Hon’ble Secretary visits RNR offices in Yusipang

Hon'ble Secretary visiting a Centyral Program at Yusipang
Hon’ble Secretary visiting a Central Program at Yusipang

5 September 2016, Thimphu: Having recently joined the Ministry as the Hon’ble Secretary, Mr. Rinzin Dorji visited RNR offices in Yusipang on September 1, mainly on a familiarisation tour.

The RNR offices such as the National Dairy Development Centre, the Regional Pig Breeding Centre, Agriculture Research Development, the Forest Science and Research Technology (UWICE) and the National Food Testing Laboratory, BAFRA presented to the Secretary on their respective mandates, goals, HR profile, achievements and challenges.

He said that listening to the presentations he was convinced that the staff are highly qualified and professional. He advised them to continue working with the same spirit towards realising the national goal of self-sufficiency. “It is His Majesty’s vision to narrow the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ and we have a huge responsibility to fulfill it,” said the Secretary.

The Hon’ble Secretary  also patiently listened to each of the bottlenecks, problems, constraints and challenges that each office faced and noted down as well as discussed about how they can be resolved. “It is the responsibility of the Ministry to look into their welfare and see to the institutional problems and challenges so that you can achieve and perform better,” he said to the gathering of RNR staff.

Inspecting the timber samples display
Inspecting the timber samples’ display

He also provided some important directives and advice to them. He advised research on the sustainable utilisation of forest resources should be carried out. Emphasis on the importance of institutional collaboration was laid down too. For instance, for research on medicinal and aromatic plants, he said it is important to collaborate with the Health Ministry. “I’m sure it is being done and if not I’d like to remind you to collaborate with them.”

The Hon’ble Secretary also inspected several machineries, technologies, plants and equipment that are being maintained by the offices, in addition to inspecting the Great Grand Parent (GGP) farm. GGP is a new imported pig breed being raised in the country to be supplied. In addition, he also made field visit to several research trials and plots located within the centre.

Reported by: Ugyen Tshering with photograph by Choidup Zangpo, ICS                      

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