English | Dzongkha Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The millet advantage: Lhop’s staple diet a climate smart solution

For time immemorial, the aboriginal inhabitants of southern Bhutan, the Lhops or Doyaps, have depended on millet as a staple diet. Millets are as sturdy as the Lhops themselves. Moreover, the small-seeded grass can grow in dry zones and on land, with low soil fertility and moisture. And with climate change leading to loss of soil fertility and increasing the frequency of droughts, millets may just be the climate-smart food for the future.

Armyworm infestation worries farmer in Thang-Rong Gewog, Monggar

Farmers of Ngaru-Pontang Chiwog in Thang-Rong Gewog of Monggar are worried about the maize yield this year. The army worm infestation and untimely rain affected maize production of more than 60 households. Farmers claim their maize production would decrease by half the amount compared to last year.

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graces launch of waste management facilities

The issue of waste management within Thimphu Thromde and the district is expected to get better now. The National Environment Commission Secretariat and the Waste Management Flagship Programme launched waste management facilities including waste drop-off centres for the residents of Thimphu today. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, the Royal Patron for environment graced the event.

Flash flood disrupts water supply disruption in Gelegphu

The incessant rainfall has disrupted the Thromde’s water supply after a flood damaged the flood protection structures at the Water Treatment Plant in Mao River last night. The restoration works are expected to take some time.

Flash flood washes away Gasa Tshachu

Fed by continuous rain, the swollen Mochhu completely washed away the famous Gasa hot spring today. However, there were no human casualties reported. This is the second time that a flash flood has washed away the hot spring.  
The Mochhu broke its banks and diverted its course towards the hot spring in the wee hours. The […]

Community’s fear of losing pastureland puts mega solar project in jeopardy in Shingkhar, Bumthang

People in Shingkhar in Bumthang are requesting the Economic Affairs Ministry to cancel the plans to establish a solar power project in their village. It would be the country’s biggest solar power project. The people fear that they would lose their pastureland to the project.

Ecotourism- mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into tourism

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will soon be piloting an ecotourism project in some parts of the eastern and central regions. In what is a win-win proposition, the communities will ensure the conservation of the rich biodiversity and reap its benefit through tourism.

Drying streams and inconsistent monsoon leaves villagers of Khatoedthang worried, Samdrup Jongkhar

At this time of the year, water should fill the paddy fields. But, instead, the fields in Khatoedthang in Phuentshogthang Gewog are dry, and cracks have opened up. 

Restoring the lost forest, hundreds of scouts planted oak saplings at Wangditse

In an initiative to restore the forest lost to a forest fire, more than a hundred young scouts volunteered to plant oak saplings at Wangditse today. The volunteers under the project Wangditse will also nurture the tree saplings for the next three years. 

Government to build over 100 ICT labs to enhance digital education

To enhance digital education, the government plans to build around 120 ICT labs in schools across the country. This is one of the projects under the Education ICT Flagship Programme. The Education Minister along with the Indian Ambassador inaugurated the first ICT lab completed in Thimphu today.

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