Monday, July 28th, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Modern processing units to commercialise rice farming

Rice.mill.test.run2014-034Modern rice processing unit during test-run conducted in June, at Research Development Centre, Bajo

DoA has so far set up three half-tonne capacity mills in Mithun, Phuntshothang and Bajo Agriculture: Farmers in Wangdue and Punakha will now process their paddy in a modern rice-processing unit that the department of agriculture installed in Bajo. The half-tonne capacity rice-processing unit in Bajo is one of three rice mills installed and tested for operation in June by the department, with two others in Mithun, Tsirang and Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar. Installation of modern rice mills was initiated since last year to help reduce import [... Read More]

Paro farmers appeal for tax rollback

WP_20140724_005Farmers wait outside the finance minister’s office

Dogar: Ten farmers from Paro appealed to the finance minister yesterday to do away with the sales and green tax imposed on utility vehicles. The farmers, most of them from Dogar gewog, had placed orders for the Indian-made Bolero pick-up trucks from Zimdra, before the vehicle tax was revised in July 1.  The sales tax on utility vehicles was also not decided at that time. However, when their vehicles had arrived and were ready for delivery, the farmers were asked to pay the sales tax [... Read More]

Nganglam’s milky way

photo2Good business: The farmers’ dairy cooperative has been a commercial success since the start

A group of former orchard farmers has hit upon a winning formula Cooperative: By 7am, 36-year-old Tao Zangmo is ready to deliver her milk. She pulls a wide brimmed white hat off the mud wall of her house, tosses a bag of milk on her back, and marches out. “I have to reach Nganglam by at least 8am,” she says as she walks briskly under a blazing sun. She is delivering five litres of milk to a one-stop shop established in Nganglam town, an hour’s [... Read More]

Bhutan and Bangladesh to consider free trade agreement

DSC_8110Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed

The two countries have met on the sidelines of the SAFTA meeting towards this effect SAARC: While the SAFTA ministerial council meeting begins today in the capital, economic affairs and commerce ministers from Bhutan and Bangladesh have already met to consider the free trade agreement to further strengthen its trade ties. Economics affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and Bangladesh’s commerce minister, Tofail Ahmed met yesterday. Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said the free trade agreement would eliminate the tariff barriers and address non-tariff barriers. The first bilateral trade [... Read More]

Relocation delay worries Duksum residents

IMG_20140720_154428Missing out: Constructions suspended and waiting to be relocated

With a hydroelectric project in the offing, town dwellers are concerned they may miss out Khitshang:  Like a station awaiting a train delayed by hours, Duksum town has been in a slumber as long as its residents can remember. The little town at the confluence of the Kholongchu and Drangmechu, Duksum  is slowly waking from its sleep.  The 600MW hydroelectric project is waking up its residents.  They finally smell the prospects of business in the town, which usually went to sleep at sunset for many [... Read More]

Electric blue (and not green)

IMG_20140722_152901From green to blue: All electric taxis imported into the country will have to be blue, the colour of hydropower, with a white top

Is to be the colour (with a white top) of the e-cabs, it has been confirmed Taxis: Electric taxis will have to abide by blue with white top paint scheme requirement, not a green one. Information and communications minister DN Dhungyel confirmed this latest development yesterday. Lyonpo explained that the blue colour scheme was decided during a meeting between the prime minister and the taxi community on June 23. The government had in March decided that all e-taxis would sport a green with white top [... Read More]

Gidakom households file complaint against blasting

IMG_5393Site inspection: DGM officials and employees from mining companies inspect the site where explosives were used. The use of explosives, it has been alleged, affected and caused damage to private structures.

DGM is investigating whether the stone quarry explosions have affected their houses Mining: Five households in Gidakom filed a complaint with the department of geology and mine’s regional office in Khasadrapchu, alleging that the blasting nearby had cracked the walls of their houses. The cracks, according to the house owners, developed after they felt a shock of something similar to an earthquake.  High intensive explosions, used at the approach road construction at the upper Gida stone quarry, around noon on July 12, had caused the [... Read More]

Mongar’s mangos

karma-and-his-nephew-sorting-mango-before-it-goes-to-marketBountiful harvest: Karma and his nephew sorting mangoes

The succulent fruit is fast becoming the district’s chief cash crop Horticulture: As highlanders harvest cordyceps this time of the year, farmers in the east are also busy, but with fruits of their own labour. Summer in the east is time for the juicy mango. Last year was a bad one for 63-year-old farmer Karma from Yunari in Saling, Mongar.  His 200 mango trees didn’t bear any fruit.  It is a different story this time.  He is busy harvesting the juicy fruit. It is hot [... Read More]

Chiwog weighs pros and cons of thromhood

IMG_20140718_132933To be or not to be: Chazam-Pam chiwog in Trashigang

The authority’s website features its verification process and other moves in the pipeline Chazam-Pam: The community of Chazam-Pam chiwog, comprising 60 households, is still not decided whether or not they should come under Trashigang throm. Villagers have their own reasons.   They say that becoming a part of throm meant a lot of obligation, while benefits were few. Villagers said the slow developmental progress, despite being a part of throm, and having to pay more, were discouraging. “Under throm rules, we need to apply for [... Read More]

Finding other means of funding

20140422_134203Home ministry no longer endorses petitions from families seeking donation to pay donors

Alternatives now have to be found to finance kidney patients in need of assistance Kidney: With the home ministry no longer endorsing petitions from families of renal failure patients to collect donations to pay kidney donors, an alternative will be sought to help patients who are genuinely in need, according to Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF). The foundation will be meeting the home and health ministry officials soon to discuss the issue. Options, such as allowing BKF to raise funds on behalf of patients, and placing [... Read More]

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