• Former RNR Family Dr. Kinley appointed Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic

    The appointment of Dr. Dorjee Kinlay as FAO Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic became official this week. A national of Bhutan, Dr. Kinlay holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His diplomatic and professional career has included assignments with the Ministry of Agriculture, Royal Government of Bhutan, a period as World Wildlife Fund Representative and concurrently Honorary Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature in Bhutan. Throughout his career, Kinlay has dealt with issues of policy and practical implementation in food security and agricultural development.

    Before joining the Food Agriculture Organisation, Dr. Kinley was the Deputy Secretary of the Planning and Policy Division of the erstwhile Ministry of Agriculture.

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  • “Regional Adaptive Trials on Oilseeds in SAARC Countries” consultation meeting

    29 May, Paro: Experts from the SAARC member states except for Maldives met to discuss on the need to share genetic resources of oilseed to enhance the production of oil. As such, the consultation meetings took stock of the oilseed research and development in the SAARC member countries and identify set of oilseed crops for sharing germplasm for coordinated SAARC trials.

    Edible Oil is an important source of protein and energy and essential ingredient for preparing food in the SAARC region. Besides cereals, oil seed is one of the valuable and desired crops in the SAARC region for achieving food and nutritional security. But, Oilseed cultivation is becoming increasingly unattractive due to low and unstable yields. Horizontal expansion of area under oilseed is limited due to declining arable area and other competing crops.

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  • Social Forestry Day 2014 Message from MoAF Lyonpo

    Forests are integral and indispensable parts of our lives and even more so for us Bhutanese who have relied on forests since time immemorial. The Land Cover Atlas of Bhutan 2011 shows that 80.89% of the total land cover constitutes forest including 70.46% tree cover and another 10.43% of shrubs.

    Today, our forests are under tremendous pressure from human population, urban sprawl and forest fires, which lead to their deforestation and degradation. We have lost about 47,501 acres of forests in 239 incidences of forest fires, and 38,577 acres of forest area to farm roads construction and power transmission lines among others in the last five years. When forests are lost or severally degraded, their capacity to function as regulator of climate, soil, water and air is either diminished or lost. We have also seen that Human Wildlife Conflict is on the rise over the years due to increasing anthropogenic pressure on natural resources, thus driving wild animals from their forest habitat into agricultural land. Therefore, maintaining good forest cover is crucial for the Bhutanese economy as well as for a healthy ecosystem goods and services.

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