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Is food self-sufficiency a realistic goal?

With increasing rice imports, the deficit has stretched by 24 percent since 2012 Agriculture: With a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B in 2013, food sufficiency still remains an arduous task for the country, as the deficit widened by 24 percent from 2012, mainly on account of increasing rice imports. Bhutan imported essential food items […]

Lhakhang Karpo case begins February 9

Questions are being raised about the way those involved in the case are dealt with Corruption: The Haa dzongkhag human resource committee yesterday suspended budget officer, Wangchuk Tshering, and district engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, for their alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo corruption case. The committee’s decision was based on the order, the Anti Corruption Commission’s […]

Picture story

Rising from the ashes: Workers erect the door frame of the Kunerey (congregation hall) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. The Tshokey Lopon performed prayers during the installation.      

BoB opens e-payment gateway

The system is certified with international security standard requirements Banking: With the Bank of Bhutan introducing an e-payment gateway, Bhutanese merchants will now be able to sell their services and products online. To date, Bhutanese have been availing online shopping services from dealers and websites outside the country, while merchants at home were deprived of […]

New guidelines to iron out old problems

Forest: Forest officials at the districts, divisional offices or parks will conduct joint annual monitoring and audit books and accounts of community forest management groups (CFMG), hereafter. This team will also evaluate the community forests every five years and if found unsatisfactory, would revoke it. This is one of the sections in the general guidelines […]

Back to basics

Not so long ago, we believed that as a small country with a small population, food self-sufficiency wasn’t a huge concern, and that it was within our grasp.  That was when our farms were the source of livelihood, and farmers stayed back to produce food. A lot has changed since then.  We achieved impressive growth […]

400 power tillers sought in first instalment of govt. wish list

hough the Japanese govt. has agreed in principle to the request, a decision has yet to be taken JICA: The government has requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 400 power tillers to be delivered in a first batch, under its request for 1,450 of the machines made to the Japanese government. Agriculture Machinery […]

Safety equipment and clothing to be mandatory for road workers

DoR: By the end of this financial year, every person employed by the Department of Roads (DoR) will have to wear a uniform, reflective jacket and helmet when at work. This was decided during the departments’ quarterly meeting early this month. All the regional offices of the department were reminded of the requirement with an […]

Bumthang goes for hazel in a big way

More and more farmers are planting the nut tree to turn their fallow fields to orchards MHV: If fallowing land is a growing concern in the country, the prospect of cash income from selling hazelnut is encouraging farmers to turn their fields into hazelnut plantations. Since early 2013, Thinley from Tangsibi in Ura, Bumthang stopped […]

Understanding Malaysia’s community based tourism

A 36 member delegation from Bhutan is on a study tour in Malaysia Visit: Despite witnessing two airline tragedies last year, tourist arrivals in Malaysia recorded a growth of about 9.6 percent from the previous year and an earning of about USD 15B. The arrivals include 2,051 Bhutanese tourists in 2014 from January to October, […]

BOiC to open regional office in Trashigang

Business: Expanding their services to six eastern districts of the country, Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) will open its regional office in Trashigang on February 5. Trade and economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk will launch the opening at the Trashigang middle secondary school. However, the regional office will be located at the lower market […]