Tsirang to Declare as Capital of Bamboo: Glimpses of Social Forestry Day

2 June, Tsirang: Crowned as the youngest King on 2nd June 1974, the nation observes the day as the Coronation day of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm every year and also it is observed as the Social Forestry Day in Bhutan. Wisdoms and achievements of the great fourth King benefits the generation. One such blessing is His Majesty’s care for environment enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom. The day is to show our love and respect to the farsighted Monarchs and the Mother Nature by doing many environmental activities through people’s participation.

In Tsirang the day was celebrated at Lungsegang Community Forest in Tsholingkhar geog. Honbl’e Dasho Dzongda graced the occasion as the Chief guest. Other dignitaries present were Venerable Lam Neten, Dasho Drangpon, Dzongkhag Thrizin, Regional Heads, Sector Heads, Gups, RNR staffs, staff of Tsirang Forest Division and members of Lungsegnag Community Forest Management Group.

The chief guest of the day deliberated on the significance of the day and also highlighted on the importance of bamboo in the economy development of the country. He emphasised that bamboo plantation helps in the nation building, environmental conservation, climate SMART solution, poverty uplift, income generation and helps in maintaining the positive balance of payment. He further said that it helps in making our country independent.According to Dasho Pema, Tsirang Dzongda in his key note shared that “it is annoying and surprising to see large numbers of trucks carrying imported bamboo from our border areas to be used for the construction purposes.” He reminded the people to realise our dependency on the product which otherwise can be available within the country if planted by us. “Bamboos are one of the fastest-growing plants in the world owing to its distinctive rhizome-dependent system and their growth is three times faster than most other species of plants”, said the Tsirang Dzongda.

Dasho further said that the main objective of initiating bamboo plantation and other related activities is to declare Tsirang Dzongkhag as the capital of bamboo in the country. Thus, he encouraged the people to go for bamboo plantation to minimize bamboos import and improve their livelihood.

According to the Chief Forestry Officer (CFO) of Tsirang Forest Division, to mark the day and its significance, mass plantation is carried out in all the twelve geogs. CFO added that more than 1100 sapling and rhizomes comprising of five species of bamboo namely bambusa nutan, bambosa tulda, bambusa clavata, bambusa balcooa and dendrocalamus strictus and 7300 timber seedlings comprised of Cupressus spps, Choerospondias axillaris, phoebe attenuata, juglans regia and tectona grandis are planted in Community Forests, Renewal Natural Resource Centers, Geog centers, landslide areas and along the roads in Tsirang.
The proposal for mass bamboo plantation in Tsirang was discussed in the Dzongkhag Tshogdue in December 2018.

The Gup of Tsholingkhar gewog thanked the chief guest and other guests in choosing Tsholingkhar as the venue for 2nd June celebration and helping the community in planting bamboo and other timber saplings.
The day ended with mass plantation of bamboo by the chief guest, guests and Community forest management group members and Tsirang Forest Division staff. The program was initiated by Tsirang Forest Division and supported by REED + and Dzongkhag Administration, Tsirang.


Reported by Tsirang Forest Division

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