This is to bring to the notice of all the concerned that the slaughter of animals, import and sale of meat is prohibited from February 8, 2016 to March 9, 2016 coinciding with the first month of the Bhutanese calendar which is in accordance with the Section 16.5 of the Livestock Act of Bhutan 2001. The regulatory and Quarantine Inspectors will be placed at various Entry Points, Check Posts, towns and other appropriate locations throughout the country to strictly monitor non compliances as per the mandate of the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA).

To mark the Birth Year of Guru Rinpoche and 400 years of Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s arrival in Bhutan, the Ministry would like to request all the concerned Ministries, constitutional Bodies, Autonomous Agencies, Corporate Bodies, Armed Forces, International Organizations, Private and Non-governmental Organizations not to serve any meat or meat items during the ceremonial or, official gatherings. This is also to avoid food safety emergencies resulting from consumption of improperly stored meat and meat items during this month-long meat ban period.

Therefore, all concerned are requested to extend their full cooperation and support.


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