Agriculture Minister returns from successful six-day tour of three Dzongkhags

The Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture and Forests returned after a successful tour of three Dzongkhags, from 29 October to 3 November 2015. Accompanied by officials from Department of Livestock, Research Development Center, Regional Marketing Cooperative office, Regional Livestock Development Center, Regional Food Corporation of Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar and Dzongkhags, Lyonpo visited and launched several RNR activities.

29 October 2015: Enroute to Mongar, Lyonpo formally launched sheep restocking at Dungbithang sheep farm, Bumthang. The sheep in the farm was restocked with additional 246 native sheep taking the herd strength to 360. Such measure, according to Lyonpo, is expected to not only revive sheep farming but also conserve the genetic resources, offering wider choice of genetic materials for effective breeding and selection; and preserve and enrich the associated culture and tradition.

Further, Lyonpo said that the timing is very appropriate for such revival, being the year of the Female Wood Sheep and the 60th Birth Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. “Therefore, this revival effort is dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo.”

Lyonpo also visited the Pig and Poultry Farm at Lingmethang, and instructed reutilization of old buildings, surrender of equipment and furniture that has remained obsolete. Visit was also made in the ongoing Integrated fruits Processing Plants (IFPP) being currently constructed at Taijuma, Lingmethang after which they attended the inauguration of Ngagdra Dorji Choe Ghar at Kurizampa.

31 October 2015: The next day, Lyonpo and team attended the concluding of the weeklong dedication activities by students and teachers of Ladrong Primary School in Lhuentse. The school as part of the dedication activity for the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty fourth Druk Gyalpo offered week-long prayer for his long life. Lyonpo and entourage, after offering His Majesty Drukgyal Zhipa’s Tenzhug presented the school with the various library books. Lyonpo also visited School Agriculture Program activities in the school.

Lyonpo also inaugurated farm shops at Jarey and Maetsho geogs. The farm shops were set up to provide farm services under one roof. It was set up to provide best available farm inputs and services. Lyonpo also met with community members. In the later part of the day, Lyonpo also inaugurated electric fencing at Jarey Geog.

Enroute to Maetsho geog, Lyonpo visited the Zangkhar Primary School and talked with teachers students. While appreciating the school for having won the best SAP school this year, he encouraged them to not only maintain the status quo but also try to keep improving. Lyonpo instructed RAMCO/FCB to explore the possibilities of opening of new Farm shop at Zangkhar chiwog.

1 Nov 2015: On the third day of the tour, Lyonpo accompanied HRH Gyaltshab for inauguration of Ney Rehabilitation Project. HRH Gyaltshab His Royal Highness Jigme Dorji Wangchuck granted Royal Kasho and Lag Thram for Khimsa to 51 beneficiaries, after which Gyaltshab inspected the new houses and met with the families. The project was implemented under the national rehabilitation programme which was initiated upon the Royal command of His Majesty the King in order to alleviate the poverty and improve livelihood of the landless and socio-economically disadvantaged people across the country.

2 – 3 November 2015: In the last two days of the tour, Lyonpo and entourage together with His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan attended consecration ceremony of giant bronze statue of Guru Nangsey Zilneon in Tangmachu

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