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  • Sanam Lyonpo meets delegation from Asian Farmers’ Association

    16 September, Thimphu: A four member delegation from Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), Philippines led by the Secretary General, Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia met the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor.

    The delegation is in the country to understand about farmers’ groups and cooperatives as well as share their experiences. During the stay from September 15-23, the delegation will visit Eusu Vegetable Group in Haa, Sampheling Dairy Group in Chukha and relevant non-governmental organisations. The visit is expected to be beneficial for Bhutanese farmers in enhancing their knowledge in terms of value chain and marketing opportunities.

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  • Agriculture officials learn about Organic Farming Technologies

    11-13 September, Thimphu: More than 50 participants including the agriculture researchers, extension officers and relevant stakeholders attended a training on Organic Farming Technologies at the Agriculture Research Development Centre (ARDC)-Yusipang. The training was conducted by ARDC-Yusipang and ICIMOD as part of the Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) activity.

    During the training, a team from ICIMOD made a brief presentation on the mission, objectives and overall background of ICIMOD and RMS. The members from Sikkim also presented on the transition of organic agriculture in Sikkim highlighting how they had fulfilled the aims of being fully organic. They shared that organic agriculture management and certification in Sikkim was done between 2003-2015 in which a total area of 76169 hectares land was certified.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo attends 14th session of UNCCD COP14  

    The Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Minister of Agriculture & Forests led Bhutan’s delegation to the High-Level Segment of the UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP14) from 9-10 September 2019 held at India Expo Mart Ltd., Greater Noida. Lyonpo was accompanied by the Ambassador of Bhutan in India and senior government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests and Royal Bhutanese Embassy, New Delhi.

    The UNCCD COP14, hosted by the Government of India, began from 2nd September and attended by about 8000 delegates including 93 Ministers from 196 countries; Intergovernmental organizations; Special and UN agencies; Civil Society organizations; and media personnel. The event was aimed at identifying mutually viable solutions to the growing challenges of desertification, land degradation, and drought. The UNCCD was adopted in Paris in 1994 to be a legally binding document for fighting desertification through sustainable land management and has been ratified by 196 countries and the EU.

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  • Haa farmers attend hands-on-training on Organic Farming Technologies

    8-9 September, Haa: More than 35 participants from 56 households of Longpa/Nobgang villages under Samar gewog attended hands-on-training on Organic Farming Technologies. The training was conducted by the Agriculture Research and Development Centre-Yusipang and ICIMOD as a part of the Resilient Mountain Solutions initiative.

    Prior to the training, a team from ICIMOD briefed farmers on the preparation of organic manure and pesticides including the raw materials required. “Since all the required equipments and facilities are readily available, an organic farming is very convenient to do. But to have a successful national organic programme, there should be a common understanding between community people and government line agencies. There should also have multi-stakeholders involvement,” said Mr. Kamal from ICIMOD.

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