Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador calls on Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter

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His Ex­cel­lency, Mr. Eivind S. Homme, the Am­bas­sador of Norway to Bhutan called on Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji, the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests last Thurs­day.

Wel­com­ing the Am­bas­sador, Ly­onpo shared that both coun­tries shares a steady and fruit­ful part­ner­ship. He talked about the Bio- di­ver­sity Use and Con­ser­va­tion Asia Pro­gram (BUCAP) that started in 2000, the suc­cess­ful di­rect col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two coun­tries. He re­called the Nor­we­gian mis­sion­ary work in Bhutan on le­prosy, which ear­lier was a ma­jor health prob­lem, has now been prac­ti­cally almost erad­i­cated.

Ly­onpo fur­ther shared with Am­bas­sador on the RNR-Sec­tor in­clud­ing of agri­cul­ture, forestry and live­stock. He in­formed that Bhutan has more than 70% for­est cover ar­eas of which around 51% is un­der the pro­tec­tion of man­age­ment sys­tem. Re­spond­ing to this, the Am­bas­sador re­marked, ‘This is unique in Asia’.

Ly­onpo also shared the hu­man wildlife con­flict as one of the chal­lenges in the Min­istry. He later talked on the Min­istry’s ap­proaches in­clud­ing of com­mer­cial­iza­tion, farm mech­a­niza­tion and im­proved mar­ket sys­tem to achieve food self-suf­fi­ciency in agri­cul­ture and live­stock prod­ucts.

Dis­cussing on cli­mate change (CC), the Am­bas­sador felt the need to put lot of fo­cus on for­est in­ter­na­tion­ally. He shared that Norway is try­ing to pro­mote green firm to support CC tar­get which is chal­leng­ing. On this, Ly­onpo shared the Min­istry’s ini­tia­tives of in­tro­duc­ing elec­tric car, bio-gas, 100 units free elec­tric­ity in the ru­ral ar­eas to help re­duce car­bon emis­sion and en­vi­ron­men­tal da­m­ages.

Ly­onpo fur­ther shared that for­est fire is one of the big­gest chal­lenges in the coun­try dur­ing win­ter. He en­quired if Norway could ex­tend its help to com­bat the is­sue. On this, the Am­bas­sador as­sured that he would see the pos­si­bil­i­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion.

On en­quiry about the tourism, Ly­onpo in­formed that tourism is the main source of rev­enue after hy­dropower in the coun­try. He shared that to pro­mote tourism; Bhutan is cel­e­brat­ing 2015 as the visit Bhutan Year co­in­cid­ing with the birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth King.

The Am­bas­sador was in the coun­try from 10 till 13 Septem­ber. Dur­ing his stay, he will also meet with For­eign and Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ters among oth­ers.

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