Handing over of forest plantations to mark the occasion of the 60th Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo

To mark the auspicious occasion of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, NRDCL organized a handing-taking ceremony of established plantations to the Department of Forests and Park Services.

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The handing taking ceremony was held on 9th November 2015 in the conference hall of NRDCL. The Chief Guest for the occasion, Hon’ble Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments, Dasho Sangay Khandu handed over the plantation to the Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Tenzin Dendup. The programme was attended by heads and officials of various agencies which began with Marchang ceremony and welcome speech by Chief Executive Officer of NRDCL.

The main highlight of the programme was the screening of an audio visual documentary titled ‘Journey of NRDCL’ highlighting the evolution of the company and its activities since its establishment in 1979 as a logging division under the Department of Forests.

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The occasion cannot be any more befitting when it comes to paying our gratitude and reverence to a visionary Monarch who has immensely contributed in terms of conserving the environment. This timely occasion of handing over of raised forest plantations of varied species and of commercial value is a true reflection of the fulfillment of the sacred mandate given to NRDCL.

The national newspaper Kuensel has amply covered the news for this occasion in its edition on 11th November 2015 and is reproduced as below;

NRDCL hands over forests plantations

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Handing over: DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu

Handing over: DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu hands over the documents to agriculture secretary Tenzin Dendup

Forest: Natural Resource Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) handed over 2,178 acres of tree plantations to the forests department on November 9.

Druk Holding Investment chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu handed over the plantations in the seven dzongkhags over to agriculture secretary Tenzin Dendup commemorating the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

From a total of 4,207 acres of recent plantations, the NRDCL handed over 2,178 acres to the forestry department.

The Wang region has the highest plantation area of 1,510 acres followed by Rinpung region with 1,374 acres.

Agriculture secretary Tenzin Dendup said that it was a befitting tribute to the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

This is the first time that such a handing taking over of plantations was done.

While the country is acclaimed as a champion in environment conservation, the secretary said, it’s high time to take stock of what was done and the present situation.

Agriculture and forests secretary Tenzin Dendup, said, “As we use timber in house construction, most of the raw materials used being timber, we have to make best use of the available resources.”

Druk Holding Investment chairman Sangay Khandu said that the corporation has a unique mandate of making natural resources affordable, and accessible without profit being a priority of its business.

He said that the DHI has invested Nu 15 million in the company to strengthen the institution so that services provided are affordable to the public.

He said that the forestry department could give the ownership of the forests to the corporation so that the resources are distributed to the people who deserve them the most and are affordable.

NRDCL each year invests Nu 5 million in plantations in about 60 acres of forest management units or barren land, which has been a continued process. It has the mandate to replant in areas where they harvested timber.

He lauded the forestry sector’s efforts in increasing the forest cover from 60 to more than 70 percent in the past decades despite continued harvesting of timber.

The challenge remains in curbing wastage of 25-30 percent in the sawmills.