-National Soil Services Center
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The Jigme Singye Wangchuck (JSW) Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award this year has been conferred to Late Dr Sangay Wangchuk who served more than 40 years with the Department of Forests and Park Services to acknowledge his instrumental role in establishing the current system of protected areas in Bhutan.
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3 December 2018, Thimphu: On November 30, the Hon’ble MoAF Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor visited the RNR sites under Mewang Gewog in Thimphu dzongkhag, accompanied by the Director of Directorate Services and the heads and representatives from the various departments and non-departments. The visit started from the Nyezerkha Nursery Centre under Department of Forest and Park Services where the officials has accompanied Lyonpo to various Nursery Fields and briefed about varieties of plants and fruit trees raised there.
Lyonpo also visited the Cold Storage and Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm at Wangsisina(IATF). The Dasho Dzongda, Leaders of Local Government and other senior officials from dzongkhag and local government received Hon’ble Lyonpo at Sanam Tshongkhang of Mewang gewog. ‘‘We sell different varieties of groceries and other stuffs based on the needs of the public and we sell our products at a very reasonable price where even a poor and humble family can afford it,’’ said the officials from Sanam Tshongkhang.
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3 December, Thimphu: Dasho Secretary, MoAF accompanied by the Director General, Department of Forests and Park Services paid a two day visit to Samtse Dzongkhag from 28 to 29 November 2018. The visit was to oversee the floral exhibition preparations for the 111th National Day Celebrations in Samtse. The delegation also visited the National Jersey Breeding Centre in the morning and the river surface collection sites at Dhamdum river site in the evening.
On the second day the delegation visited the commercial vegetable production sites at Pakpey under Tendu gewog. On the way back the team also visited Samden Coffee Plantation and nursery sites, Choeling Yargay Detshen (Ice Cream Factory) at Hangay in Tashicoling dungkhag. Dasho and the team also visited the Yoghurt Processing Centre at Yoeseltse. During the visit Dasho Secretary met and interacted with the farmer groups and extension officers. Dasho expressed his appreciation to all the RNR extension officials for having worked very hard under various conditions in realising the aspiration of His Majesty the King, of which realising towards the national goal of food self-sufficiency is of paramount importance to the country. In order to realise this aspiration Dasho time and again reminded all the officials that smart subsidies with adaptive innovations relevant to our conditions are essential instead of freebies.
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The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has successfully registered the trademark ‘Zhinor’ with the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Economic Affairs for its nature based products. The term ‘Zhinor’ was coined from the Dzongkha word “zhidey-gi-norbu” which means, a precious jewel for peacefulness.
This trademark will be used for marketing of the newly launched massage balm and liniment oil that was developed by NBC in partnership with Loggchina community under the Access and Benefit Sharing Framework.
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