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The Department of Forests and Park Services under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests would like to invite sealed quotations from the eligible & qualified national bidders having valid trade license for the supply of following items under the REDD+ Readiness Project:
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3-5 March, Paro: A training workshop on ‘National biosafety repository tools’ is underway in Paro. The training is aimed to obtain the information and access to global biosafety information repositories such as Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), FAO GM Foods platform and OECD Biotrack tool. It will help to find/locate relevant information in the context of Bhutan using the case studies through group sessions and global biosafety information repositories. It will further help to obtain step-by-step instructions on how to register national information on the national BCH tool and BCH central portal.
Bhutan is signatory to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) and as an obligation, CPB emphasises on the need of establishment of national BCH as an information exchange platform. Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is the national competent authority to implement Biosafety Act of Bhutan 2015. In order to engage biosafety regulators, academia and food importers for exchange of scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on living modified organisms, BAFRA is revamping the Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House (BBCH) which was previously managed by National Environment Commission (NEC).
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Yak fibre and sheep wool were used by the highlanders for over a thousand years to make clothes, tents, ropes and blankets. Currently, with availability of different wool and yak fibre materials in the markets, the cultural and traditional use of wool, fibre, knowledge and art of traditional wool processing is diminishing in the country.
Thus, a three days advocacy and hands-on training on sheep wool and yak fibre processing was organised for the highland livestock staffs at the National Sheep Breeding Centre (NSBC), Dechenpelrithang, Bumthang. It was aimed to revive and promote the traditional wool and fibre use; impart local skills and knowledge on traditional sheep wool and yak fibre processing, expose to different improve wool processing equipment and start annual sheep wool and yak fibre collection and recording. The event was attended by livestock staffs from Paro, Haa, Trashigang, Bumthang, Gasa, Thimphu and Wangdue and National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC).
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