• New fish and bird species for Bhutan, recorded from Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS)

    Striped dwarf catfish (Mystus vittatus)

    Kinga Norbu, Forestry Officer

    Distribution

    Striped dwarf catfish is a species of catfish of the family Bagridae. It is found in brackish water systems with marginal vegetation in lakes and swamps with a mud substrate of Asian countries of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and probably Myanmar. However, in PWS it was first recorded in 2017 and consecutively in 2018 in running Singye stream at an elevation of 213 masl (26°46’18.78″N; 90°11’23.83″E). The population is known to be decreasing in recent past, due to catching, pet trading and habitat destruction (IUCN, 2010).

    Morphometrics

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  • Vacancy announcement for post of Drivers

    The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests is pleased to announce vacancies for the following positions on consolidated contract for 2 years as detailed below:

    Sl. NoDepartment/DivisionPosition Title & LevelMinimum Required QualificationNo of PostsRemarks
    1RDC Bajo/RDSC TsirangDriver III (Excavator Operator)Cl. VIII Passed with Excavator Operating License2Pre-Service
    2RDC Bajo/RDSC TsirangDriver III (Tractor Operator)Cl. VIII Passed with Tractor operating License2Pre-Service
    3RDC YusipangDriver III (Power Tiller Operator)Cl. VIII Passed with Power Tiller operating License1Pre-Service

    The interested applicants fulfilling the above mentioned eligibility criteria may apply to Human Resource Division, MoAF latest by 1st March 2019. Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the selection interview. For further details please visit MoAF website @www.moaf.gov.bt or call 02-332510/17768995 during office hours.

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  • Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA) Volume II Launched

    February 15, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture launched the second volume of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture. The opening was graced by Aum Kinlay Tshering, Hon’ble Director, Department of Agriculture at DoA conference hall. The Director put on record her appreciation to the authors, reviewers and editorial board members for their contribution and for putting in extra effort to publish this edition successfully. She emphasized the importance of continuously working towards improving the quality of the journal and to encourage young researchers to develop a habit of scientific writing.

    This edition comprises technical papers from crop production, digital soil mapping, economics, post harvest management, agro-biodiversity and morpho-agronomic analysis of new crop varieties.

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