English | Dzongkha Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Surge in digital transaction during lockdown

In what could be seen as a silver lining of the lockdown, the Royal Monetary Authority, RMA, is seeing a surge in digital transactions. In the first three days of the lockdown, the Central Bank recorded 821,816 domestic transactions in Thimphu alone, through various digital payment channels.

Bhutan to receive two herb drying machines

Bhutan will receive two more modified herb drying machines. The Menjong Sorig Pharmaceuticals Corporation in collaboration with Intellectual Property officials from Bhutan and Korea customized the machine as per the local requirements.

ICT to be the third language for all classes starting next year, PM

Information and Communications Technology will become the third Language for all classes in the country starting 2021 academic session. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering informed this while presenting the State of the Nation Report at the parliament session today.

Hackathon in Samtse Higher Secondary School

Coding was introduced into education curriculum for the first time this year. Since students do not have to sit for coding examinations, the Samtse Higher Secondary School conducted the first-ever school level coding competition. Dubbed hackathon, the competition is hoping to keep students encouraged to learn to code. 

A successful hybrid tomato cultivation, Lhuentse

In their attempt at commercial farming, Tongphugang Tshoedsey Detshen, a farmers’ group in Lhuentse, harvested hybrid tomatoes recently. With safety protocols in place during the pandemic, the group and the gewog extension office worked tirelessly to ensure the continuity of tomato production in the region. 

Carpentry training for youth , Tsirang

To create more self-employment opportunities among youth, 21 unemployed youths from Patshaling Gewog in Tsirang were trained on basic construction carpentry skills for a month. The month-long training equipped the youth with wood carpentry skills.

UK approves use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The United Kingdom becomes the first country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use. The vaccine, which offers up to 95 per cent protection against COVID-19 will roll out next week in the UK.

Dagana growing more mandatory vegetables

Considering the vegetable farming boom the country is witnessing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bhutan could be well on course to achieving self-sufficiency in terms of vegetables. In Dagana, farmers of all 14 gewogs are working to increase their vegetable production. And this time, their focus is more on growing onion, tomato, chilli and cauliflower.

Three men take up commercial vegetable farming, Pema Gatshel

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of difficulties. On the other hand, for some, it came as an opportunity. Farmers in the country benefited largely from the situation as the pandemic necessitated controlled import of vegetables. Today, many farmers are seizing the opportunity and focusing on increasing production. In Pema Gatshel, a group of men have come together to produce high-value vegetables.

Mass cultivation of Indian hybrid chilli, Pema Gatshel

If there is anything good from the pandemic, it’s the lesson to be self-sufficient. The situation has now become conducive to reflect on the food system and adopt a new approach. Getting food from farm to fork right in the country has never been thought about so aggressively.

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