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The challenges of a heifer centre at Wangkha

hiferHeifer cows at the rearing center in Wangkha, Chukha

To wit, inter alia, short supply of jersey calves, ad hoc orders and staff shortage Cattle: The supply of heifer from the country’s only heifer rearing centre (HRC) near Wangkha, Chukha has been affected, with the centre facing a number of challenges. Officials from the centre said, declining supply of jersey calves from unwilling farmers, ad hoc orders for heifers, and restricted numbers of attendants were some of the major challenges.  A Heifer is a cow that has not borne a calf yet. HRC’s manager, [... Read More]

No sign of buyers for seu shamu

unnamed-3Seu shamu fetched between Nu 3,000 to 4,500 per 100-120g last year

The usual throngs of middlemen from Paro and Haa are conspicuous by their absence Mushroom: After spending days even weeks in the forest collecting seu shamu (exidia), collectors in Bumthang are worried that they may not fetch a good price this year for their newfound source of cash income. Collectors have seen only a lone buyer, a middleman, in the dzongkhag so far, although it is the season for selling the mushroom. Since its discovery in 2007, seu shamu became a lucrative source of cash [... Read More]

The Lumang women livestock feed cooperative

An entrepreneurial initiative from one of the least developed gewogs in Trashigang Business: About two years ago, when most farmers were either opting for dairy or poultry farming, members of Lumang women livestock feed cooperative (LWLFC) decided to venture into this alternative business. Members said maize growing farmers don’t enjoy bountiful harvests with wild animals rummaging their crops.  Amid such issues, women farmers of Lumang gewog decided to make the most of whatever harvest they were left with. “We lose most of our maize to [... Read More]

Thimphu tshechu begins

IMG_0523Getting ready: Shop owners set up temporary stalls on Norzin lam last night

Festival: Thimphu city is bustling with life since yesterday evening as the three-day tshechu holiday kicks off today. Besides the sacred mask dances at Tendrelthang, Norzin lam will be a place to take a stroll as the city’s main thoroughfare will be closed for traffic and food stalls and shops getting rid of their old stock will replace vehicles for three days. At the usually quite craft bazar, one can shop for handicrafts or enjoy a few ball, arrow or dice games that come with [... Read More]

Dagachu export tariff revised…

DSC_0030-(1)The power purchase agreement was amended on September 29

…days before commercial operation commence Energy: With just five days left for commercial operation, export tariff for the Dagachu hydropower is increased by five chetrums, which is subject to annual increment of two percent. While the first power purchase agreement was signed in 2009 between Tata Trading Power company ltd, India, and Dagachu hydropower corporation (DHPC), the export tariff was fixed at Rs 2.40 a unit.  Towards the end of last month, the rate was revised to Rs 2.90 a unit. DHPC’s chief executive officer, Thinley [... Read More]

“A paradigm shift in hearts and minds”

605288-GeneralAssembly69-B-copyNew York: Lyonpo Damcho Dorji addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. The General Debate began on September 24 and concluded on September 30. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Urged the home minister, who led Bhutan’s delegation, in his address to the 69th session of the general assembly UN: Eliminating poverty must form the core objective of the post-2015 development agenda, it was pointed out by Bhutan during the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) general assembly held on September 30, in New York, USA. The deadline of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving extreme poverty and halting the spread of HIV/AIDs, among others, is next [... Read More]

Sri Lankans trained in local dairy production

IMG_0392-copyImparting knowledge: A trainee tests milk sample at the mini dairy plant

NDDC: Five Sri Lankans, including two farmers, were the first foreigners to be trained in local dairy product processing in the country. They completed a two-week training, using traditional and improved methods of processing dairy products, yesterday. A farmer, Maya Damayanthi Beddewela, said, “We use a lot of coconut milk in cooking, including dairy products, so what we learnt here, we could try it on a bigger scale back home.” They said their new knowledge could work out well in the rural parts of the [... Read More]

Shareholders agreement signed, work to begin in November

DSC_0153Deal done: DGPC MD Dasho Chhewang Rinzin and SJVNL MD RP Singh exchange documents after the signing in Thimphu

Kholongchu: Work on the first joint venture between Bhutan and India, the Kholongchu hydropower project in Trashiyangtse, will soon commence, with Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and its Indian partner SJVNL signing the shareholders agreement on September 30 evening. DGPC managing director (MD), Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, and SJVNL’s MD, RP Singh, signed the agreement, containing terms for establishing and operating the joint venture company. The partners took more than three months to complete the agreement, after the two governments signed the inter-government agreement in April [... Read More]

Speaking in an unheard tongue

unnamedA common tongue: A Draktsho student interacts with hearing and speech impaired tourists

Hearing and speech impaired tourists spend time at Draktsho VTC communicating in sign language Draktsho: A Swiss, 18 Americans and a group of Draktsho vocational training centre students spent an afternoon communicating in a language, all of them were familiar with. Using sign language, the tourists interacted with the young hearing and speech impaired students, who, unlike most other times, were understood. The students introduced themselves and explained their work using signs.  They showed them their work of art, tailoring, embroidery and paintings. The tourists [... Read More]

Multitasking NFE instructors

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Latest batch of 72 is trained to help construct improved cooking stoves in rural areas DRE/DAHE: About 72 non-formal education (NFE) instructors of Wangdue, Gasa and Punakha districts were trained to construct improved cooking stoves in the rural areas. The instructors received a seven-day training recently in Guma gewog.  They will be visiting the villages in the three districts to collect requisitions for improved stoves and then construct them as per demand. The instructors were among the 334 NFE instructors in 16 districts trained by [... Read More]

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