Small but Fine

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Young farmer Dorji Biidha from Drukgyel Farmers has many stories to tell. This time she shares her thoughts on how Bhutan Network, albeit a small association, has a positive impact on her village and other farming communities. My thoughts on Bhutan Network’s efforts to curb rural-to-urban migration in Bhutan By Dorji Bidha Rural-to-urban migration and goongtong (“empty household”), is becoming … Read More

Rice Harvest in Paro

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by Dorji Bidha, Drukgyel Farmers In the month of February, I wake up early in the mornings to check if the temperature outside is favorable to sow rice seeds. However, believe it or not, my parents and grandmother study the sky. Farmers in my village can predict the weather by simply looking closely at the blue sky above. To me … Read More

Barter System in Bhutan during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By Dorji Bidha (Drukgyel Farmers), also published on Bhutan Homestay Until the 1980s people throughout Bhutan practiced a barter system. Following the introduction of our currency, the Ngultrum, in 1974 by the RMA (Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan), shops mushroomed even in remote parts of the country and villagers started shopping as though they were in Walmart. Nevertheless, aside from … Read More

Farming in times of corona

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by Dorji Bidha, our partner from Drukgyal Farmers in Paro. The Corona pandemic and community spread have now also reached Bhutan. The little kingdom is under lock down until further notice. Recently Bhutan Network sponsored a rice husking machine for Dorji Bidha’s community. In her letter to Bhutan Network, Dorji explains the situation and why she requested our support for … Read More

Ongmo’s Strawberry Farm in Tang

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Ongmo (Tshering Wangmo) from Tang shares her latest news with us: “Strawberries grow very well here in Tang due to the generally favorable climatic conditions in Bumthang. Most farmers have apple orchards around their houses but strawberries are new to our locality. I felt inspired by the promising potential of strawberry cultivation and this season I decided to start planting … Read More

Follow-Up Bhutan Evening at Bio-Hofbäckerei Mauracher in Upper Austria

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After a very successful Bhutan evening at the Bio-Hofbäckerei Mauracher in  2019, the demand for a follow-up event was high. Finally, on February 21st 2020, BN-president Christine Zandl, BN-member Sepp Zandl and OFEP partner and BN-member Christian Dullnigg (principal of the LFS-Bruck) along with family, returned to the venue in Upper Austria to hold another presentation on their unique trip … Read More

OFEP: Klara’s visit to Bhutan

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In summer 2019 Klara Naynar from Hiasnfarm in Lungau, host to our annual OFEP candidates from Bhutan, spent one month in the small kingdom. Klara deeply immersed in local village life and practices with her colleagues in Zhemgang and Bumthang. She was particularly impressed with Bhutanese social life and hospitality. Read about Klara’s adventure in her interesting report below.  From … Read More

Mushrooming in Bhutan!

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In August 2019 Bhutan Network held four successful mushroom workshops for our Bhutanese partners and all those interested in mushrooms. Initially our Bhutan Network partners KNC and Tang Farmers formally requested us to organize a mushroom workshop in their rural communities. In the end, we felt extremely touched and overwhelmed by the huge interest and number of our Bhutanese “mushroaming” … Read More

Rotary Club Zell am See supports Bhutan Network projects

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On September 12th, BN-president Christine Zandl, BN-member and Rotarian Sepp Zandl and OFEP partner, BN-member and Rotarian Christian Dullnigg (principal of the LFS-Bruck) held a presentation about their recent trip to Bhutan at the Rotary Club  Zell am See (District 1910). The evening resulted in an ad-hoc fundraising of EUR 410 with prospects of future support. We want to thank … Read More

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