• New Chief for RNR Statistics Division

    5 November, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests congratulates and welcomes the new Chief of the RNR Statistics Division, Directorate Services, Mr. Tobden Tobden.

    Prior to the appointment, he served as the Deputy Chief Statistical Officer at the National Statistics Bureau. He completed his Master’s Degree in Environment and Resources Economics from Australian National University, Australia.

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  • Extensions agents learn dairy post production technologies

    28 October-1 November: Twenty extension agents from GEF project areas of Wangdue, Tsirang, Haa, Paro, Punakha and Thimphu attended a training, ‘Capacity enhancement on Dairy Post Production Technologies (Farm-To-Table)’ with theory and hands on practical production of yogurt, paneer, rasgulla and mozzarella.

    The theory session was conducted at the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Wangdue while the practical session was held at the milk processing unit in Kuruthang, Punkaha. The National Dairy Research and Development Centre, Yusipang and RLDC-Wangdue organised the training with fund from GEF-LDCF.

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  • Selected Candidates for Chief Forestry Officer

    The Human Resource Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to announce the result of the selection interview for the post of Chief Forestry Officer (P1 Management positions) under Department of Forests and Park Services as detailed below.

    Name & Position TileEID No.Current working agencyAgency Applied for­­Remarks
    Karma Jigme Temphel, Dy. CFO9410067SFED. ThimphuSocial Forestry & Extension Division SELECTED
    Dr. Norbu  Wangdi, Dy. CFO200801027UWICER BumthangForest Resource &  Management DivisionSELECTED
    Wangchuk Dorji, Dy. CFO9710035GTC, GelephuSakten Wildlife Sanctuary, PhongmeySELECTED

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  • Fourth National Codex Committee Meeting

    Thimphu: The fourth National Codex Committee (NCC) meeting was held on October 31 under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji. The meeting was held to endorse the revised Codex Procedural Manual for Bhutan and get the approval for formulation of 11 technical regulations for prioritised food and agricultural commodities.

    In his opening remarks, the chair highlighted the importance of NCC to perform its functions towards fulfilling the mandates as per Food Act of Bhutan 2005 and contributing to the works of Codex Alimentarius Commission. He reminded the members on the roles and responsibilities of NCC as technical advisory committee on the matters related to food safety and standards. The meeting also updated the members on the current Codex work in Bhutan and international Codex activities that are relevant to Bhutan.

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  • White-bellied Heron sighted at Dagachhu Dam Site

    A White-bellied Heron being captured by CCTV on sand deposition

    Two White-bellied Herons (WBH) were sighted at Dagachhu Hydro Power dam site on October 22 at around 10:32:01 am when a team comprising of officials from Dagana Forest Division and Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation (DHPC) visited the dam site at Gewthang under Kana gewog for inspection of sand deposit. However, the team couldn’t take the picture as the birds shied away or flew away to inaccessible areas.

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