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Increasing number of farmland being left fallow

Agriculture: With increasing wild life attacks on their crops, the villagers of Umsang in Chumey, Bumthang have been turning away from farming. Wild life attacks on crops is a major cause for giving up farming according to the villagers. “Cultivation is difficult for women, who make up most of the …

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Commercial cultivation of bamboo yet to take off in Radhi

Resources: When villagers of Radhi first started planting bamboo to fight land degradation about seven years ago, no one had the slightest idea of the income it would generate in the years to come. Today, almost every household cultivates bamboo in their back yards and fields. It all started in …

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25 power tillers provided to Mongar and Lhuentse

The eastern districts are given priority in providing agriculture machinery    Farming: The 25 gewogs of Mongar and Lhuentse dzongkhags received a power tiller each yesterday. In the morning, the eight gewogs of Lhuentse received its power tillers in Autsho while another 17 power tillers were presented to the local …

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His Majesty celebrates Chunyipai losar in Autsho

Celebration: Thousands of people arrived at the Autsho school ground in their festive best, from across Lhuentse, while some travelled from as far as Mongar, for the opportunity to celebrate the Chunyipai Losar with their King yesterday. His Majesty spent the day among the people and granted a grand public …

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Fishing for FDI

As a small fish in a big pond (read India and China), Bhutan has its work (of attracting funds) cut out for it  Investment: Without changing the ground realities, the country cannot gain investors’ confidence and trust even with revision of FDI policy, says the opposition. Officials from the ministry …

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Teachers undergo crash course in integrated farming

In pursuance of the broader national goal of food self sufficiency Training: Come the new academic session, students of Tshaphel lower secondary school (LSS) could have a dairy and fungiculture farm of their own. This is what the school’s agriculture focal teacher, Tashi Tenzin, who is among 20 teachers from …

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A lhakhang for Changjiji housing colony

Religion: The National Housing Development Corporation is building a community lhakhang in the vicinity of the Changjiji housing complex and residents said there is already a community bonding happening. Construction started in November last year, and some residents are contributing labour while some are planning tokha (free lunch) for the …

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Changangkha lhakhang – The light at the end of the tunnel

The popular pilgrim spot, plagued by poor infrastructure, will soon see much-needed improvements Heritage: Human faeces lie spread across the floor of the only toilet at Changangkha lhakhang.  Visitors who use the toilet have to be careful about where they step.  Visitors can also be seen walking away from the …

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A malady called rural-urban migration

“If something is not done in the next 5-10 years, I can foretell that the dzongdas of the eastern dzongkhags will have to be referred to as dzongda of Mongar wildlife, or dzongda of Trashigang wildlife etc., because there will be no humans left in the villages – except wild …

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Urban poor at higher risk to climate change

Conference: Rapid urbanisation could be a major hurdle in Bhutan’s attempt in addressing climate change, if the current trend continues, international climate change experts said. While Bhutanese population is predominantly rural, 69 percent, the urban population has been accelerating rapidly and is projected to increase even faster. From an estimated …

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