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Is food self-sufficiency a realistic goal?

With increasing rice imports, the deficit has stretched by 24 percent since 2012

Agriculture: With a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B in 2013, food sufficiency still remains an arduous task for the country, as the deficit widened by 24 percent from 2012, mainly on account of increasing rice imports.

Bhutan imported essential food items worth Nu 6.3B in 2013, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s annual report, including Nu 1.5B worth of rice.

The provisional [... Read More]

Lhakhang Karpo case begins February 9

IMG_1493Lhakhang Karpo (file photo)

Questions are being raised about the way those involved in the case are dealt with

Corruption: The Haa dzongkhag human resource committee yesterday suspended budget officer, Wangchuk Tshering, and district engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, for their alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo corruption case.

The committee’s decision was based on the order, the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) issued on January 26, and their suspension comes with immediate effect, according to the orders issued.

While the civil servants, [... Read More]

Picture story

Rising from the ashes: Workers erect the door frame of the Kunerey (congregation hall) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. The Tshokey Lopon performed prayers during the installation.

     

BoB opens e-payment gateway

The system is certified with international security standard requirements

Banking: With the Bank of Bhutan introducing an e-payment gateway, Bhutanese merchants will now be able to sell their services and products online.

To date, Bhutanese have been availing online shopping services from dealers and websites outside the country, while merchants at home were deprived of such facilities to sell their products online.

Bank of Bhutan Limited introduced the e-payment gateway earlier this month.

The bank’s public relations [... Read More]

New guidelines to iron out old problems

Forest: Forest officials at the districts, divisional offices or parks will conduct joint annual monitoring and audit books and accounts of community forest management groups (CFMG), hereafter.

This team will also evaluate the community forests every five years and if found unsatisfactory, would revoke it.

This is one of the sections in the general guidelines for the community forest establishment and implementation that resumed in September last year after it was suspended for a year.

Chief [... Read More]

Editorial

Back to basics

Not so long ago, we believed that as a small country with a small population, food self-sufficiency wasn’t a huge concern, and that it was within our grasp.  That was when our farms were the source of livelihood, and farmers stayed back to produce food.

A lot has changed since then.  We achieved impressive growth rates, at times to the envy of many countries.  But as the stats start flowing from the central bank, there are [... Read More]

400 power tillers sought in first instalment of govt. wish list

hough the Japanese govt. has agreed in principle to the request, a decision has yet to be taken

JICA: The government has requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 400 power tillers to be delivered in a first batch, under its request for 1,450 of the machines made to the Japanese government.

Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) programme director, Karma Thinlay, said that the request for a first batch of 400 power tillers, following the [... Read More]

Safety equipment and clothing to be mandatory for road workers

DoR: By the end of this financial year, every person employed by the Department of Roads (DoR) will have to wear a uniform, reflective jacket and helmet when at work.

This was decided during the departments’ quarterly meeting early this month. All the regional offices of the department were reminded of the requirement with an office order on January 19.

The office order stated that every person who leaves for work in the morning is [... Read More]

Bumthang goes for hazel in a big way

IMG_0137A Hazelnut plantation in Tangsibi

More and more farmers are planting the nut tree to turn their fallow fields to orchards

MHV: If fallowing land is a growing concern in the country, the prospect of cash income from selling hazelnut is encouraging farmers to turn their fields into hazelnut plantations.

Since early 2013, Thinley from Tangsibi in Ura, Bumthang stopped worrying about leaving his 1.5 acres of dry land fallow, on which cultivation stopped 13 years ago.  The farmer has planted over [... Read More]

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