27 October 2017, Lhuentse: A Field Day on Upland Paddy and Soyabean was held on 23 october, 2017, at Minjay Geog in Lhuentse. It was attended by the Lhuentse Dzongdag and the Director of MoA and PD from ARDC and CARLEP.
27 October 2016, Thimphu: A two day training workshop on Organic Inspection and certification for BAFRA Organic Inspectors was organised by Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture & Forests from 23-24 October 2017. The Director General of BAFRA graced the opening session of the Training Workshop.
About 28 BAFRA Officials participated in the Workshop from all the field offices with facilitation from the BAFRA Management at the Head office, and experts from IMO, NPPC, DoFPS and NBC. The BAFRA Inspectors were trained on development of organic standards, criteria for certification, procedure for organic field inspection, Sampling techniques and Soil fertility management as per the standards. Regulatory Framework for Import and Export of plants and plant products encompassing quarantine pest and diseases and Invasive Alien Species. This training will help in building the competencies of Quarantine Inspectors to identify the correct signs and symptoms of pest and diseases and take appropriate phytosanitary measures. Furthermore, the incidence of unlawful trade of endangered species of plants and plants products will be minimised through proficient inspection and certification process. It is crucial that Plant Inspectors are trained periodically and kept abreast with the latest information and know-how to prevent and combat biosecurity risk in appropriate time.
October 23-24, Gasa: Highlanders from Wangdue, Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Trongsa, Bumthang, Trashigang, Lhuentse, Trashiyangtse and Gasa along with officials and tourists gathered for the 2nd Royal Highland Festival at Langothang, Laya. His Majesty The King graced the opening of the festival with a theme, Highlands-The Pride of the Nation.
Octobr 23-25, Thimphu: As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Union (ACCU), Thailand and the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Co-operatives (DAMC), a three-days training was organised for the representatives of the six Savings and Credit Co-operatives in Bhutan, based in Mongar, Zhemgang, Samtse, Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu.
The training was provided by Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachchi, who is an expert in Cooperative Economics and Microfinance. He has more than 30 years’ experience in credit union development in different capacity such as volunteer trainer, General Manager of Federation of Thrift and Credit Cooperatives (SANASA) in Sri Lanka and the Chief Executive Officer of ACCU.