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Marketing shed along the high way almost done

The construction of a marketing shed along the Punakha  to Thimphu highway in Toep gewog will be completed and handed over by June. Plans to build five market sheds are in the gewog plan and another five are sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC).  “The market …

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Community-based ecotourism projects being piloted in Manas

Ecotourism had never been explored as an alternative community-based livelihood option in Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) except since 2010. With a population of about 10,646 people representing 1,026 households and enriched with diverse natural settings, rich culture and traditions plus biodiversity, RMNP has always been a potential ecotourism destination. Realizing …

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Dzongkhag forestry sector charts way for 11th FYP

Dzongkhag forestry officials (DFO) from the 20 dzongkhags reviewed achievements and discussed issues encountered during the implementation of the 10th Five Year Plan (FYP) with officials of the Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED) of Department of Forests and Park services (DoFPS) in Thimphu yesterday while also charting a path …

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“Dzonged out!”

The need to diversify tourism products felt A few tourists visiting Bhutan are known to have said that they’re totally “dzonged out” because they are mostly taken to visit dzongs and fortresses. This, according to some observers, calls for diversification of services and products. In sync with the government’s policy of …

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A pilot cane and bamboo cluster

The Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Craft (APIC) in collaborationwith relevant stakeholders is piloting a cane and bamboo cluster in remote Kheng Bjokha under Zhemgang dzongkhag. The craft cluster will bring together within a limited area, the producers, suppliers, service providers, related industries and associated institutions to develop, promote and market the …

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A new village lam to be apppointed

Coinciding with the auspicious Zhabdrung Kuchoe, people of Tangsibji gewog will be consecrating a lam’s residence at Kela village. The newly appointed lam will benefit 45 households of the village. Kinley, the Lam, appointed from the Trongsa Dratshang will be paid by the Dratshang. There are plans to keep with …

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New BHU constructed at the wrong location.

The new grade-II Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Yangneer is 70% complete but according to sources, it is located in the wrong area. It is too far away from the catchment area and surrounded by the forests which makes it vulnerable to fire. Further, the gewog is facing serious water …

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Good news: highway, bad news: jumbos loose!

The phase I construction of the 24-km highway from Phuntshothang to Samrang gewog is underway since last October. The contract for it was tendered out for three years. In phase II, the highway will extend till Daifam but the ground works are still on. However, despite these good tidings, wildlife …

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A bridge for 27 households

On 29th April, Bali Zam was inaugurated at Chubu in Punakha Dzongkhag. The bridge is 118 meters long and was funded by Helvatas and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The bridge costing Nu 1.2 million is expected to benefit 27 households who rely on sale of cash crops   and …

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Milk collection center by June

  By June Dakarla gewog will have its own milk collection center in Chamgang toe which is  around 15 kms from Thimphu. According to the Dakarla Gup, Gado, the milk booth will help in generating income for the villagers. “Since they have been selling at doorsteps, they had to come …

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