• National Red List Assessment Workshop on Endemic Plants of Bhutan

    Untitled-1November 23-27, Paro: A five-day National Red List Assessment Workshop on endemic plants of Bhutan was held organised jointly by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang and IUCN and Biodiversity Network Japan.

    The workshop was aimed to review the information obtained through herbarium consultations, field surveys, endemic plant diversity database, expert consultations and literature reviews since January 2014 to November 2015, enter all the information into the IUCN global online database, the Species Information System and to develop detailed plans for publishing the National Red List of Bhutan’s Endemic Plants.

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  • EU delegation calls on Hon’ble Lyonpo

    A50X0620November 27, Thimphu: The European Union (EU) delegation of five members led by Ms. Maria Castillo Fernandez, Head of Division of European External Action Service made a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji.

    During the meeting, Lyonpo expressed his deep condolence in regard to the recent terrorist attacks in France. He shared that EU support has been the important component for the Ministry contributing tremendously in the lives of rural farmers.

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  • CSWS Non-Respondent Civil Servants

    This is to apprise all civil servants under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests that the Royal Civil Service Commission vide letter no. RCSC/PPD/WU-3/2015/1282 dated 12th November 2015 has provided the list of civil servants (attached) under this Ministry who have not yet responded to Civil Service Welfare Scheme (CSWS) Membership despite several notifications by the Ministry and the Royal Civil Service Commission.

    In this regard, all non-respondent civil servants under this Ministry are requested to complete the following options latest by 20 December 2015 and submit to HR Division, MoAF for further submission to RCSC.

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  • Paddy Field Day on Khamtey in Tsirang

    Sunkosh KhamteySunkosh, Tsirang: Khamtey, a traditional variety from Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar, is considered as one of the premium rice varieties because of its good eating quality. Owing to its better taste, the market for the variety is assured as signified by the quantities of Khamtey transported from Phuntshothang to other destinations by various entrepreneurs.

    Rice is the main crop in Sunkosh village (350 m) and shares similar agro-ecological conditions particularly the air temperatures with that of Phuntshothang. Considering the similarity, a production evaluation trial on Khamtey was organised by RNRRDSC Tsirang in the 2015 cropping season in collaboration with Tsirang Dzongkhag Agriculture sector and National Biodiversity Center. The seed was originally sourced from Phuntshothang and two farmers from Sunkosh had  volunteered to evaluate. The crop was raised entirely under the existing farmer’s management practices.

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