• Notification

    This is to bring to the notice of all the concerned that the slaughter of animals, import and sale of meat is prohibited from February 8, 2016 to March 9, 2016 coinciding with the first month of the Bhutanese calendar which is in accordance with the Section 16.5 of the Livestock Act of Bhutan 2001. The regulatory and Quarantine Inspectors will be placed at various Entry Points, Check Posts, towns and other appropriate locations throughout the country to strictly monitor non compliances as per the mandate of the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA).

    To mark the Birth Year of Guru Rinpoche and 400 years of Zhabdrung Rinpoche’s arrival in Bhutan, the Ministry would like to request all the concerned Ministries, constitutional Bodies, Autonomous Agencies, Corporate Bodies, Armed Forces, International Organizations, Private and Non-governmental Organizations not to serve any meat or meat items during the ceremonial or, official gatherings. This is also to avoid food safety emergencies resulting from consumption of improperly stored meat and meat items during this month-long meat ban period.

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  • SMART Patrol Enforcement Training

    DSC_6177January 25-31, Zhemgang: A week long training on SMART Patrolling Enforcement is underway in Tingtibi, Zhemgang. The training is organised by Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in concurrence to the resolutions of the third National Park Conference 2015, held in Lampelri. The conference had directed that all the Protected Areas and Territorial Divisions to implement their own SMART patrolling by recognising the applicability of SMART tool and based on positive experiences shared by Royal Manas National Park in their pilot initiation. Therefore, the two resource persons from the Royal Manas National Park were sought to deliver the training as per their expertise and experience in piloting SMART Patrol Enforcement in the country.

    While conservation efforts put in by Bhutanese foresters are remarkable, the patrolling system followed is still the conventional method where no specific data on the efforts put in by the foresters are reflected though poachers and illegal forest product transactions are recorded. This has left most of the efforts put in by the frontline conservationist unrecognised. Besides, there is no concrete data and information on the extent of patrolling conducted by individual foresters and respective agencies. Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) on the other hand is a software that generate report at any time and for any length of period, provided for the field practitioners to collect data on Global Positioning System (GPS) device every time they go to the fields. From the report, the managers will be able to direct resources to the needy places and individual efforts will be measured for the motivation. Implementing SMART will mean a shift of patrolling system from conventional type to modern digitalised system. While SMART is gaining popularity throughout the world, SMART was first introduced in Bhutan in the Roayal Manas National Park as a pilot project in 2013.

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  • Regional coordination Workshop on Joint Collaborative activities

    Regional Workshop19-21 January, Mongar: RNR RDC Wengkhar organised three days regional collaborative workshop to discuss Annual Performance Agreement (APA) and Commodity Program Planning and collaborative activities in line with Annual Performance Agreement Targets and Indicators for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

    The workshop reviewed the progress of ongoing work, planned collaborative work plan for 2016-17, realigned APA targets and indicators. The forum enabled reviving the incorporation of central program activities, project activities and regional program activities into Dzongkhag plan for effective implementation and to enhance the linkages.

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  • Deadline extension for submission of EoI

    The Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests would like to inform that there have been change in deadline for submission  of EoI.

    1. National consultants should submit by Feb 1, 2016 before 2.00 PM
    2. International consultants should submit by Feb 11, 2016 before 2.00 PM

    Please refer the earlier announcement for detail ToR. The EoI should be submitted by emails to Mr. Rinzin Dorji, Procurement Section, AFD, MoAF at rinzin_dorji08@yahoo.com, Mr. Pema Wangda, Chief Forestry Officer, WMD at pemaparop@gmail.com office and Ms. Dora Cudjoe, World Bank at dcudjoe@worldbank.org .

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