17 December 2015, Paro: An RNR exhibition held coinciding with the celebration of the 108th National Day at Paro drew visitors in drove. Several agencies under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests put up exhibition to showcase different services offered by ministry. The exhibition was held to commemorate the 108th National Day.
The exhibition stalls included services provided by Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), National Post Harvest Centre (NHPC) and National Seed Centre (NSC) all in Paro. Besides displaying different machineries, the live demonstration was also done to the stall visitors.
Different information and education materials were also displayed by Department of Livestock on Artificial Insemination-enhancing fertility, Embryo transfer technology in cattle, using Biogas for safe environment, healthy living and cost effectiveness. National Biodiversity Centre displayed information on importance of Agro-biodiversity, conservation services and procedures for availing such services.
Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) educated visitors on biosecurity while Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) created awareness on Farmers’ Group, Cooperatives and Bhutan Cooperatives shops. Similarly, Rural Development Training Centre in Zhemgang also displayed several information on training farmers on farm business, Community Leaders.
Several wildlife contrabands displayed by Forest Protection and Surveillance unit (FPSU) under Department of Forest and Park Services attracted curious visitors. For many, it was first time, they’ve seen and touched a bear paw, rhinoceros horn and sander wood.
FPSU’s Choglay Namgyel who was a presenter at the stall said that display of such contrabands is not to encourage people to engage in poaching and illegal wildlife trades. “That’s why we deliberately leave out the prices they fetch.” He added, “We stress more on fines and penalties.” This, he said is expected to dissuade people.
The stall by Forest Fire Management Section (FFMS) also attracted lots of visitors especially the children. This is because, their display included colouring of wild animals. Kinley Tshering of FFMS said that this is expected to help them refrain from setting forest fire. The colouring included a message, “Don’t burn our home.”
Reported by Ugyen Tshering, ICS in Paro
Photos by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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