4 May, Thimphu: High level delegates from Bhutan, India and Nepal emphasised the need for regional cooperation on strengthening potentials and benefits of tourism at Thimphu in an event on ‘Shared Natural and Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism in Kanchenjunga Transboundary Landscape’. Developing a short, medium and long term strategies focusing on nature and culture at transboundary level has been taken as a way forward as part of the Kangchenjunga Landscape Initiatives.
March 19-27: Dairy Post-Production Research for Development continues to play a pivotal role to address liquid milk marketing constraints, so that farmers will continue to reap greater benefits from dairy farming. Hence, after successful training of farmers in Mongar, Samtse, Punakha among others, the technical team from National Dairy Research Centre (NDRC), Yusipang headed to East Central Region (Sarpang and Zhemgang) to train dairy farmers group members on dairy products processing and product diversification. It was conducted with the financial support from the Rural Livelihood Project (RLP), Zhemgang.
Resource persons conducted hands on training for the members of the Lothuen Om Detshen, Sarpang for the production of yogurt, paneer, cottage cheese and ghee. They were also trained on the hygienic milk production as well as platform milk tests to inspect the quality of milk delivered to the milk processing unit (MPU).
March 14-17, Zhemgang: The National Dairy Research Centre (NDRC), Yusipang collaborated with Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) to provide training on dairy products processing, diversification and packaging for Dairy farmer groups of Buli, Panbang, Trong, Ponchula, Tama and Tshalajong. The training was a part of the Project TA-BHU 9016, decentralised coordination and partnership for gender equality, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR 9155) through the ADB. The TA provides support for capacity building and exposure for women farmer groups in Zhemgang, Trashigang and Trongsa for various agricultural, livestock and medicinal plant activities.
The resource persons from NDRC trained the BAOWE group members at the RNR centre of Samtenling, Gelephu. Participants were imparted theoretical lessons on production of clean milk at farmer level. Training also emphasised the importance of producing clean milk with low microbial levels on the final quality and shelf life of finished products as well as impact on human health. Participants were provided both theoretical and practical lessons on platform milk tests to be conducted while receiving milk from individual farmers. They were made aware of the need to conduct platform milk tests on all samples and the need to reject milk of poor quality was emphasised. Raw milk that passes all the platform milk tests is suitable for collection and supply to the processing unit for production of dairy products.