• Yak Genetic Improvement and Semen Cryopreservation

    24th February, 2021: The Livestock Research and Extension Division, Department of Livestock in collaboration with National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC), Jakar and National Dairy Research and Development Centre (NDRDC), Yusipang is organizing 14 days training on Artificial Insemination (AI) in yaks to the Livestock officials of highland districts and farm staffs in Haa. The training program is initiated as a part Highland Development Program to improve the Yak Breed (genetic) and conserve the Bhutanese indigenous Yak gene through semen cryopreservation.

    The importance of yaks to highland communities in Bhutan goes beyond the socio-economy and livelihood. It plays a key role in maintaining the rangeland eco-system, biodiversity conservation and preservation of culture and traditions. In view of addressing these concerns, Highland Development Program has been instituted which is expected to deliver a holistic set of targeted interventions to improve the livelihoods and socio-economic development of highland communities. Among several interventions under highland development program, Yak genetic improvement is one of the major components to ensure the sustainable livelihood of highland communities. This strategic plan is to establish yak nucleus farm for pure-line breeding, application of assisted reproductive technology in yak genetic improvement through the production of our own indigenous Yak semen.

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  • Production of Smoked Trout

    The National Research and Development Center for Riverine and Lake Fisheries (NRDCR&LF) under the Department of Livestock has successfully completed the standardization of fish smoking technique.  A manual on the technique of fish smoking will be made available soon.

    Fish smoking is a very popular fish processing method and one of the oldest preservation methods. Smoked fish is fish that has been cured by smoking. Smoking combines the effects of salting, drying, heating and smoking.

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  • Invitation for Expression of Interest

    Qualified Bhutanese Universities/Institutes/Consulting Firms are invited to e-mail Expression of Interest (EOI) to carry out the following studies to Karpo Dukpa, Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures (BPV) at karpo@bpvbhutan.com. These should be no more than three pages and include: (1) a brief description of the firm; (2) descriptions of at least two relevant projects completed by the firm and (3) details of qualified in-house personnel proposed for the Study Team.

    Areas of StudiesEOI submission deadline
    RS-6: Study on Farmer Training Programme for the RNR Sector in Bhutan2nd March 2021 before 5:00 PM (BST)
    RS-7: Study on Circular Economies and Waste Recycling for the RNR Sector in Bhutan
    RS-8: Study of Impact of Changing Household Demographics on Farm Mechanisation
    RS-9: Study of Climate Change Impact on Livestock Farming Systems

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  • Release of Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA) Volume IV, Issue I (2021)

    The Department of Agriculture released the fourth volume of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA), Issue 1. The Department would like to thank all the authors, reviewers and the editorial board members for their valuable contribution and for putting in extra effort to publish this edition successfully.

    This edition comprises twelve technical papers that involve research in horticulture that culminated in the department releasing four new mango varieties as well as insights into thinning effects on Hosui Pear fruit quality and Yield. The volume also includes results from research efforts into new potato and beans varieties, performance assessment and oil recovery of groundnut accessions, sowing time of quinoa in a potato-based cropping system, and studies into postharvest losses in quinoa. Interesting findings on the physio-chemical and organoleptic attributes of apple wine from local and imported yeast strains and effects of different nursery methods and manures on Chirayita cultivation including performance of farmer groups and cooperatives in eastern Bhutan are also covered.

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  • Vacancy for ESP

    Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang under the Ministry of Agriculture & Forest is pleased to announce the following post:

    Sl.No.Position TitleCategoryNo. of postAge LimitSexRemarks
    1Animal AttendantESP118-50Preferable maleContract

    The interested candidates may apply to the Director II, RDTC, Zhemgang latest by 9th March 2021 during office hours. The following documents should be submitted at the time of submission of the application. Continue reading  Post ID 13223

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