• World Soil Day Celebrated at Damphu

    untitled-1December 5, Tsirang: On 5th December, Bhutan joined the global community world-wide to celebrate the World Soil Day with the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), DoA organising the celebration at the Moelamthang at Damphu in Tsirang. With the theme “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life” the main objective of the celebration was to highlight the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural eco-system and as a vital contributor to the human wealth through its contribution to food, water and energy security and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. 2016 being the year of pulses, the importance of pulses as soil fertility enhancer was also highlighted.

    Director, Department of Agriculture graced the occasion as the chief guest and opening the day’s activities strongly emphasised on the importance of soil and land management considering the limited arable land in Bhutan on which about 65% of our still population subsist. In order to help improve our food sufficiency goals, the importance of soil & land management cannot be overlooked.

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  • Four new Butterfly species recorded

    A team from UWICE had conducted a Butterfly survey in Darla, Lhamoizingkha and Phuntsholing area recently. Karma Wangdi, who led the team recorded four new additional species of Butterflies to Bhutan. The new records are:

    Scobura isota -Khasi Forest Bob,
    Niphanda cymbia- Pointed Perrot,
    Horaga viola – Brown Onyx
    Horaga Syrinx- Ambon Onyx (Female)

    Mr. Karma Wangdi, lepidopterist with UWICE has confirmed the additional species in the family of Lycaenidae (Blues) & Hesperiidae (Skipper). According to him, Bhutan now has 177 species of Lycaenidae and 145 species of Hesperiidae, adding to a total of 732 butterfly species in the country.

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  • Office order

    As per the instruction of  the  Hon’ble  Prime Minister of  Bhutan  on  5th  December  2016, a Nationwide Cleaning Campaign will be organised on 9th December 2016 (Friday) to pay a tribute and mark the 10 years of enthronement and golden reign of His Majesty The King.

    In this context, all the Civil Servants under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) are requested to wholeheartedly participate in this Cleaning Campaign within the vicinity of your residence and locality. The Cleaning Campaign shall start at 1 PM and completed by 5 PM.

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