Bebena agriculture garners good market

After working hard for more than two to three months, urban agricultural farming at Bebena has taken off successfully for laid-off individual workers.  Some of the groups have recorded a bumper sale of their vegetable products within their locality, among hoteliers, and other areas. The vegetable growers are pleased with the available market as they […]

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Govt. likely to give incentives to catch stray dogs

With lack of community support faced by the livestock department officials to control stray dog population in urban areas, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the challenge could be addressed by giving incentives to catch dogs during an update of flagship programs on Wednesday. Controlling stray dog population is one of the flagship programs, […]

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Cordyceps quantity and quality suffer due to climate change and over-harvesting

Ap Chencho, 42, gently opens a small sack made of cloth. A bunch of thin, dusty caterpillars, speckled with white mould and a slender grey tip come into view. He is one of the farmers from Tsento Gewog at Paro who has come to codyceps auction. Sharing how he and his son crawl on hands […]

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Poor drainage not a “serious” issue: Thimphu Thrompon

Every summer, the issue of poor drainage crops up in and around Thimphu with footpaths and roads overflowing with rain water mixed with excesses from sewerage and kitchen. However, according to Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee, the reason for the excessive flow of rainwater could be global warming. “If we extend the drains in which the […]

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Urban to rural migration may increase

Moving back to villages was the second most popular choice for coping with the COVID crisis reported by self-employed individuals and the third most popular choice among employees, according to the rapid socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 on Bhutan’s Tourism sector 2020. Working in agriculture was the most popular choice for alternative employment among the […]

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Eco-friendly transport: the way forward for Bhutan?

Bhutan is a carbon-neutral country but it seems like the status quo would change due to accelerated economic activities and increasing number of vehicles which has led to a number of environmental issues such as increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other air pollutants. This could threaten Bhutan’s pledge of forever remaining carbon neutral […]

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Can Bhutan maintain 60% of its land under forest cover?

With more than 70% of its total land area under forest cover and rich forest biodiversity, Bhutan is probably one of the few countries in the world to come under the spotlight for its stringent environment conservation. Bhutan’s Constitution mandates that 60% of the country must remain under forest cover for all times to come but […]

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Amochhu water treatment plant ongoing under water flagship program

The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) said that assessment for River Bank Filtration for Amochhu Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Phuentsholing is ongoing with experts from Germany from March 2 to 6 under the water flagship program. Sharing the key updates of the flagship program updates for February on March 5, water flagship program’s coordinator, […]

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Biogas proves a success in rural Bhutan

Firewood harvesting and use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has decreased significantly in the country’s rural pockets with the introduction of biogas. In 2011, the Bhutan Biogas Project introduced biogas plants in the country with an objective to provide a sustainable energy source for households with livestock and help them reduce their dependency on firewood and expensive fossil fuels. […]

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