Review and Develop Crop and Livestock Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology

The task-force team from the relevant agencies(DoA, DoL, DDM, PPD,MoAF, Legal Division, MoAF, Dzongkhag Administration, NCHM) are currently reviewing and developing the “Crop and Livestock Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology” as a part of the GCF Project intervention to achieve the following three mains objectives;

  • To develop methodologies to calculate crop and livestock damage and losses due to climate change impacts
  • To develop assessment tools and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for crop and livestock damage and loss
  • To institute a reporting system

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Occurrence of natural disasters in Bhutan


Mr. Jigme Dorji, Project Director, FSAPP retires

Mr. Jigme Dorji, Project Director for the Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP), will leave the civil service system under the “Early Retirement Scheme” in November of 2021. The Project Director handed over project responsibilities to Mr. Rinzin Wangchuk, the project’s Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, on October 14th, 2021, after formal approval by the MoAF’s Human Resource Committee.

Mr. Jigme began his professional life as the Bumthang’s Dzongkhag Agriculture Officer (DAO) on January 1, 2002. Following a five-year stint with the Bumthang Dzongkhag Administration, he moved on to the Dagana Dzongkhag for three years and then to the Sarpang Dzongkhag from February 2010 to January 2013. Since November 2013, Mr. Jigme served as a Trade Attaché with the Office of the Royal Bhutanese Consulate General in Kolkata for over three years.

The Project Director for DoA’s FSAPP since 2017, Mr. Jigme has commendably spearheaded and managed the project towards accomplishing the goal of increasing beneficiaries’ livelihood and food security in the project’s five Dzongkhags.

Mr. Jigme retires after 19 years and 10 months of service in the government.

To his future pursuits, we wish him the best of luck!

Invitation for Project Proposals

The National Soil Services Centre (NSSC) under the Department of Agriculture (DoA) extends an invitation for Project Proposals from interested individuals, entrepreneurs and other business entities to set up a small scale organic fertilizer production plant in the Eastern region of Bhutan. The plant is required to have an investment size of Nu. 1-10 million and should be established within the current FY 2021-22. The government will provide contribution of 40% of the total costs of tools/equipment (with a ceiling of Nu. 2.0 million per grant) as per the existing cost sharing mechanism of the Ministry.
Organic fertilizers would include vermin compost, chicken manure compost, bio-slurry compost, kitchen waste compost and other natural biomass based composts that are produced at the NSSC compost standard. The best business plan will be selected to meet the requirement.
Proponents are requested to submit the following:
1. Detailed project proposals with a business plan along with the technical drawings of compost plant
2. Associated machinery and equipment required
3. Proof of land available for the plant
4. Any prior experience or associated skill
5. CID/Business license
The proposal and documents may be submitted to the Program Director, NSSC, Semtokha on or before 15th September 2021. For any information, please contact Mr. Tashi Wangchuk at mobile no. +975 17851832 during office hours.

Capacity building program-Promotion of Enterprises in the RNR Sector of Bhutan

Realizing the importance and potential of RNR enterprises in income generation, employment creation, and import substitution, RNR Enterprise development is emphasized in the 12th FYP to assist in transition from subsistence to commercial farming. The Ministry of Agriculture & Forests envisions the establishment of enterprises in the RNR sector of the country as one of the means to bring transformation in the Bhutanese Agricultural system.
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Eco Water Handler to Organic Agriculture Farming

The youth group of eight members working as “Eco Waste Handler” has ventured into organic agriculture farming known as “Organic Corner” as an alternate sources of income and livelihood in the wake of pandemic.
The youth group have leased in 14 acres of land in Ruteyjab village under Rubesa gewog in Wangduephodrang and started organic vegetable cultivation with an initial financial assistance from the RGOB implemented projects i.e., Green Climate Fund(GCF) and Economic Contingency Plan(ECP) through the close technical support of Wangdue Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector and Gewog Agriculture Extension Officer of Rubesa Gewog. The Dzongkhag has provided them with the hands on training and demonstration on crop cultivation techniques besides providing inputs support such as green houses, drip irrigation system, water harvesting pond and land development.

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ADSS Data Incorporation Workshop (October 4 to 8, 2021)

The Agromet Decision Support System (ADSS) of Bhutan was developed with support from the World Bank through the Hydromet Disaster Resilience Regional Project (HSDRRP). The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) based in Thailand developed the web portal incurring a cost of USD 1,04,609. The system is envisioned to co-produce weather and climate information of different lead times to make an informed agriculture decision through machine learning.

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