Bebena agricultural farming to resume in January

Agricultural farming in Bebena was initiated to make beneficiaries self-sufficient in agriculture produce and market them if there was surplus. However, the farmland currently has turned barren since the project started four to five months ago. As winter begins, the beneficiaries are preparing to plant winter vegetables but the land will be left barren for […]

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Dungtsho being polluted by visitors

Flouting rules that limit religious gatherings, worshipers pour milk and throw money in the Tsho It is almost a four-hour uphill-walk from Phajoding monastery to reach Dungtsho. Dungtsho is around 3,000-4,000m above sea-level in the Phajoding Valley, which has a large concentration of small and large glaciers. It is approachable through two different routes – […]

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Revitalization of east-west trails underway

Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT) along with gups has initiated the revitalization of trails from East-West which covers a total length of 430km from Haa to Trashigang. The project was initiated by Bhutan Canada Foundation based on a 2017 trail survey conducted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The trail experts from Canada were provided seed […]

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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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