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  • World Soil Day 2020

    World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5thDecember to create awareness on the importance of healthy soil and advocate sustainable management of soil resources. The day was officially adopted at the 68th UN General Assembly held in December 2013 following the request and endorsement from the FAO conference convened in June 2013. In fact, the initial recommendation for the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform came from the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. Therefore, starting 5th December 2014, the day has been celebrated every year by countries across the globe to mark the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being. Further, to recognize the importance of the work of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in the field of soil resources development, in particular agriculture development, the 5th December was particularly chosen as WSD in recognition of His Majesty’s tremendous efforts and dedication in sustainable soil management.

    This year the world is observing the WSD2020 with the theme “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity“. The day aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil biodiversity loss, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit and work proactively towards improving soil health. It urges us to focus our attention on the workers below ground – from tiny bacteria to agile millipedes and slimy earthworms – all of which contribute to processes that are indispensable to life on Earth.

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  • Invitation of Bids for supply of laboratory equipments

    The Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Samtenling invites sealed bids from eligible Bhutanese firms having valid Trade License for supplying the following for the Financial Year 2020-2021.

    #Tender particularBid Submission PeriodOpening  PeriodBid security Amount
    1Supply of  Laboratory Equipments10th ,December  2020

    10: 00 AM

     10th ,December  2020

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  • Laboratory diagnosticians trained on Laboratory Information Management System

    The laboratory diagnosticians from all the animal health laboratories completed training on Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The training was conducted in Mongar from 5-7 November for the eastern region, Punakha from 18-20 November for the western region and Bumthang from 26-28 November for the central region.

    A total of 52 participants attended the training representing the National Veterinary Laboratory, National Veterinary Hospital, Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDCs) and Dzongkhag Veterinary Laboratories (DVLs). Due to COVID19 protocols, participants from the red zone were not included in the training. The training resource persons were from the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) and Namchoey Consultancy.

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  • Notice inviting request for proposal

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests would like to invite Standard Request for Proposal (SRFP) from eligible Bhutanese Consultancy Firm for Formulation of RNR Marketing Strategy. The sealed proposal should be submitted no later than 11:00 AM of 11th December, 2020 and it will be opened on the same day at 11:30 AM.

    For any further information, please contact the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives at 322909 during office hours.

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