English | Dzongkha Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Continuous rainfall feared to affect the yield of winter chilli from Trongsa

Poor chilli yield has left the farmers of Bemji in Nubi Gewog of Trongsa worried. As much as it affects their income, they will not be able to contribute as expected to the gewog’s reputation of producing abundant chilli in winter.

Lack of Labourers at the MDP hampers the transhipment works, Gelegphu

To the relief of many potato growers in western and central Bhutan, the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s auction yard in Gelephu resumed export from last week. But even as the crop’s trade arranged online picked pace instantly, it is yet to go as swiftly as expected. The dry port is currently faced with shortage of labourers to tranship potatoes from Bhutanese to Indian trucks.

Snowman Race deferred to 2021

With many events around the world either getting cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Snowman Race that was scheduled to take place next month is deferred to 13th October next year. The Snowman Race Secretariat announced the deferment earlier this week after careful consideration of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

Machine replaces pestle and mortar to produce Sib, Paro

Since the start of Farm Mechanisation Programme in Bhutan in 1984, farmers across the country embraced the development. People welcomed all sorts of machinery for agriculture works. And in Paro, farmers replaced the traditional pestle and mortar with machines for flattening rice, locally known as Sib. The machine has not only reduced the manpower pressure but also helped the people generate additional income.

UN commits more than USD 120 M in grants to Bhutan

The United Nations in Bhutan committed more than USD 120 M in grants to the country through the 2019 to 2023 Sustainable Development Strategy. The grant will enable deepened investment through four key areas of partnership including strengthening data, social services, governance, and climate action and disaster risk reduction. This was highlighted during the launch of the Annual Results Report 2019, today.

With export out of questions, preserving cabbages is challenging, Paro

National Post Harvest Centre in Paro is trying to preserve the excess cabbages in the district as exports are put to halt due to the pandemic. Today, there are over 30,000 tonnes of cabbages in a single cold store at the National Post Harvest Centre. With inadequate machinery tools and limited manpower, the task is even more challenging. 

Bhutan Foundation donates 200,000 non-medical face masks

The Ministry of Health received 200,000 non-medical face masks from the Bhutan Foundation for distribution to vulnerable communities, including the elderly population and pregnant women, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom gets an official entry into the 93rd Academy Awards

The news of a Bhutanese movie getting an official acceptance to compete for a nomination at the Oscars is music to the Bhutanese ears especially during turbulent times like this. Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, will represent Bhutan to compete for nominations at the 93rd Oscars to be held next year.

India records highest single-day death from COVID-19

COVID-19 cases in India crossed the five million mark today, only the US has more cases than India. India also recorded its highest single-day death with nearly 1,300 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Gelegphu decides unlocking from tomorrow

After 36 days of lockdown and with no sign of community transmission in the district, the Sarpang Dzongkhag COVID-19 taskforce decides to ease it in a phase-wise manner from tomorrow. This is as per the recommendation from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

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