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Minister Židan received Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forests

Ljubljana, 24 January 2017 – Today, Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, concluded his two-day visit to Slovenia with a meeting with the Slovenian Minister Dejan Židan. In the morning he visited the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association and was acquainted with Slovenian beekeeping.

Minister Dejan Židan received Bhutan's Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, at Villa Podrožnik. They continued the talks they started at the end of the last week in Berlin, where Slovenia's Minister hosted Bhutan's Minister at the exhibition stand on the margins of the International Green Week fair. Today, the two Ministers continued discussions on further cooperation in sustainable forest management and beekeeping. In the morning, Bhutan's Minister visited the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, where he was presented in detail with Slovenian beekeeping; the distinguished guest expressed his wish for further cooperation, in particular regarding the education of their beekeepers and transfer of good beekeeping practices.    


Yesterday, on the first day of his visit, the Bhutanese Minister was received by the State Secretary from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Marjan Podgoršek. They continued discussions on cooperation in sustainable forest management. The distinguished guest also visited the Slovenian Forestry Institute, where he was informed about the functioning of the Slovenian forestry sector and state of Slovenian forests. In the Rakitna area the guest was briefed on the situation in the field after the 2014 ice damage to forests and the forestry experts' approach to forest restoration following natural disasters.  On the first day of his visit, Bhutan's Minister also visited the production facility for Riko’s prefabricated wooden houses.


Cooperation between Slovenia and Bhutan was launched in December 2015 as part of the Euforino project, which was also supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia.  Last year, Slovenia was visited by Bhutan's experts in forestry. This visit of Bhutan's Minister of Agriculture and Forests followed the invitation by Minister Dejan and is intended to deepen and extend the cooperation between the two countries. Regarding cooperation with Bhutan so far, Slovenia has identified synergies in best practices on climate change and sustainable forest management, as well as cooperation in beekeeping.



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