• Officials trained to tackle Bird Flu Outbreaks

    3D operation being carried out
    3D operation being carried out

    15-22 September, Phuentsholing: More than 75 participants including the officials from the livestock, health, police, disaster management and BAFRA completed an eight day training on ‘Commodity program on Avian Influenza with simulation exercises for the containment and response to Bird Flu (H5N1 and H7N9). It was organised by the Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC), Tsimasham

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  • Message on World Rabies Day (28 September 2014) from Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests

    Rabies is a fatal and neglected zoonotic disease that causes an estimated 55,000 deaths in annually withan average of one death every 10 minutes in the world.Most of these deaths occurin developing countries of Asia (about 20,000 deaths per year in India alone) and Africa where domestic dogsare the principal reservoir and a vector for human rabies transmission,and where rabies control programmes are inadequate.

    Rabies was prevalent in most parts of Bhutan until the early 1990s but has been controlled mainly through mass vaccination and sterilization program. Currently rabies is prevalent in the southern districts of Bhutan bordering India and causes deaths in both human and livestock. However, re-emergence of rabies in dogs and subsequent spill-over infection to other domestic animals have also been reported in previously free areas of east and south-western districts of Bhutan indicating the risk of re-emergence of rabies in the country if proper surveillance and control program are not implemented. Fifty-nine of the 205 sub-districts have reported rabies in animals from 1996 to 2012 with increased incidences in the four districts in southern Bhutan (Sarpang, Chhukha, Samtse, Samdrup Jongkhar). A total of 943 rabies cases were reported in domestic animals during the same period. Dogs are the main reservoirs for rabies in Bhutan and therefore, it is important to control rabies in dogs through vaccination and sterilization.

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  • Invitation to the Jomolhari Mountain Festival 2014 (8-9, October 2014)

    The Department of Forests and park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests takes the pleasure of inviting everyone to the Jomolhari Mountain Festival on 8th- 9th  October, 2014 at Dangojang (near Jomolhari base camp) under Soe Park Range of Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP).

    The objectives of the festival are to:

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