Monday, 7 January 2019

“Thinking Nutrition: Adding Quinoa to your Life”

" Super-foods have existed for centuries, but it's only recently these foods have gained their popularity and position......"

Just look at the plate in front of you during any meal and think for a while?? Ask yourself if you are taking in enough nutrition? Now come back to reality, yes!! It’s true that our diet is mostly composed of rice and very small portion of vegetables. We are hardly taking in any nutrition. Considering the fact that without agriculture there is little food or nutrition, agriculture has come a long way serving and feeding the planet. However we cannot deny the fact that, the availability of food from agriculture does not ensure good nutrition. Thus, to bridge the gap of poor nutrition, a very archaic crop has been introduced in Bhutan.
Although, our ancestors have grown this grain, yet the popularity was hardly into existence,until few years ago (2015), when few varieties from Peru were introduced in the country for evaluation. This old grain has caught international attention due to its unique nutritional value. It has become so popular that United Nation declared year 2013 as the International Year for Quinoa. We in Bhutan are fortunate that the old grain (traditional quinoa) had been there before and moreover the introduction of improved varieties have added extra value to our crop diversity.
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) in Bhutan is almost four years old now. Since this gluten free grain is an introduced exotic crop, the Ministry came up with Bhutanese local names in different dialect. The common English name is Royal Quinoa, Ngalops can call it Ashi Heychum, sharchops can pronounce it as Ashi Mo and similarly our Lhotsam name for quinoa is Rani Bethu. So much of Royalty is added to this very special crop.
The only versatile crop which can be grown from sea level to 4000 masl is slowly gaining popularity in Bhutan. The fact that it has high nutritional value has attracted people to adopt it. The nutritional profile of quinoa is impressive by itself. It is indeed a rare plant food that is complete source of protein. Now that quinoa has come into the front page of Department of Agriculture, we look forward to ensuring and improving nutritional security of Bhutanese. For all those who have never tasted quinoa, try it once, twice and try adding it to your life. Now the super-food is here and all you need to do is grab it.

Eye Pleasing grains

Winter landscape with Quinoa Cultivation

The Matured Quinoa head
Probably one of the person behind Quinoa in the East

Some facts  & Health Benefit of Qunioa Source: FAO

Friday, 28 December 2018

Agriculture as I see it......

Hungry and Naked, that’s where life would be on the earth without Agriculture. Somewhere, I have choose to become an Agriculturalist; serving and feeding the people which gives me immense satisfaction and happiness.

It was a choice I made some years ago without any thought on how my future will look ahead with this profession. Growing up in a country side, both my parents were farmer, thus Agriculture and farming wasn’t new to me and nor I am fresh to this profession.

It was then I realized how beautiful it was to be born as a country girl. Back then farming and agriculture were one profession ignored by many youth. It isn’t a simple occupation any one can opt for. Being an agriculturalist is being a farmer which requires a true dedication, immense sacrifices, and patience. I have chosen it without any reflection and thought on how I could carry out my profession. Today as I chew back and look over myself, I feel contended with what I have decided years ago.

The happiness and satisfaction you get seeing your work, the product you enjoy from your hard work, the timely natural beauty each crop gives you with their flowers and fruits are just worth watching. Its here I find true happiness and peace. Despite having to work out both in rain and sun, the pleasure you derive from agriculture gives you a satisfaction. Working back with the soil is always fun and worth it. In all these years, I have learnt to become more patience and it is truly the best part of me becoming an agriculturalist. Now as I walk through this profession, I am finally living my dream of being a fine farmer one day. Slowly, as i fall in love with my work and I look forward to it take it far...........

Basking in the warmth of Maize!!!

Straight from the Heart of Paddy Field

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Kardinche 2018

It's time of the year again!!!! Thank You 2018  for the memories, the lessons you have taught me and the simple joys that has marked some special days. Thank you for being here, for adding to the conversation, for reading the words and for enabling me to do what I love. Thank you 2018 for showering me with immense love.  To all those involved in making my 2018 a magical and successful one, Thank you so much!!!

Bless Me Always.... Thank You Guru Rinpoche

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Reminiscence of Year 2017: Without Dark there won’t be stars

I was sitting down with a blank paper in my hand getting ready to map out 2018. Then I realized that the three months of 2018 had already passed by and a new month has just started. It would be unfair on my side if I don’t look back at 2017. Twenty Seventeen will always be a special year to cherish and indeed a chapter of my life.
Though the year had been hectic and stressful, at times it was more like a dream of summer midnight. The thought of travelling during the monsoon, the undulating boulders, sleepy muddy road and having to halt 2 to 3 days in the middle of the journey due to road blocks still scares me. There had been a time when I cried to bed, cursing myself for what I was doing. However, the self trust within me kept me alive.  As September began, I remember myself sleeping among the books flooding around me. Before I could at least enjoy a single summer day, fall has already started. The summer of 2017 was too short. As October bided its goodbye, the cold air started spreading around. The feel of winter has come. Then my days were always in the thought of my ultimate goal. The perplexed November was occupied with Maize survey which indeed helped me to get out of my stressed thoughts. By the time I was back to my station, December has arrived. It was then; I realized that even sleeping was scarier. December has been kind to me.  The last 30 days of 2017 had been the best days of my life. What could I ask more for; news of my much awaited result, Lomba and National day celebration at Home. Everything came systematically.  Thank you 2017 for the memories, the lessons you have taught me and the simple joys that has marked some special days. Thank you 2017 for being there, for adding to conversation, for reading the words and for enabling me to do what I love. I am extremely grateful to all those wonderful people involved in making 2017 a success.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

March Madness- Stay Warm

The winter of 2016 was much calmer than I ever thought. It was smooth and wonderfully mild. The long anticipated wait for the winter snow never came and by then winter came to an end.  Just as we thought the spring was approaching, March blew in like a lion. Yes! It was the first snow fall of the year. I must say, March is tricky.

Who don’t like waking up to an unusual surrounding and experiencing an extraordinary feeling?. Snowfall and indeed the first snowfall is considered as a real happiness. That feeling of gazing at the world covered in a sea of snow is one of the most beautiful feelings. No winter is fun and complete without a snowfall. The March snow has made everyone bring back their warm jacket, boots, gloves, etc... The beauty of molding and building snowman and sharing laughter over a snow fight can be  a lifetime experience and memories.. Today we have cameras where we can freeze the memories forever.

The excitement a snowfall can bring is beyond limit. With snowfall whether you choose to play in or appreciate it through a frosty window, there is no denying that the flakes make you pause and grab the attention of their arrival. This beauty of a nature is unlimited and worth appreciating.

I have grown up experiencing snowfall and it is very much associated with my childhood; however I missed it this time. I woke up to a gloomy and wet morning here at Punakha but I must say I woke up to a Facebook page flooded with snowfall post. The reminiscence of my snowfall days couldn’t stop me from writing this and just than I have realized that the side effect of the snowfall has touched me. Somewhere deep inside I missed my home, the warm bhukhari and ofcourse the hot changkey.

The spring has just started with this unexpected snowfall and hopefully it will bring a change, newness and freshness to our surrounding. Wishing everyone a happy weekend!!! Stay Warm!!!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Climate Change: A Risky Business

(My Essay From 2015... Academic Skill )

The world today has encountered one of the most complex issue it has ever had to deal with; the climate change. Lately, climate change and global warming has become the talk of the town. It is one of the major global issues faced by the world today and everyone is responsible for the change occurring and has the responsibility to prevent it.

The change in the climatic pattern of the world due to gradual increase in the global temperature is defined as the climate change, (Stanford Solar Center, 2008). Many scholars, geologist and climatologist did detailed study on global warming and climate change.  Those studies have revealed that the climate change is taking place and the effects were seen (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007).

Over the decade, the change in climate has been observed and some of the serious causes of global warming have been known. The impacts human have on the world has literally changed the climate; since the industrial revolution, human activities such as using burning fossil fuels for energy, agriculture and land clearing, building up of industries have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, (New South Wales Government, 2011). Carbon dioxide is the main gas responsible for warming. The other contributor includes Methane released from landfills and agriculture, nitrous oxide from fertilizers, gases used for refrigeration and industrial processing and the loss of forests that would otherwise store Carbon dioxide (National Geography Society, 2015).

The world is facing the most dangerous environmental challenges the current generation has ever seen. No matter what people are passionate about, the climate change is affecting something people really care about. Over the past 150 years, human have changed the balance of planet by living beyond their means. Today, the effect of climate change is happening and the world is experiencing the changes bought about. Climate change is affecting the planet in many ways, (WWF, n.d.).The rise in temperature leading to a change in precipitation and weather patterns are effect of climate change. The change in number and intensity of storm weather reports, prolonged drought, unreliable monsoon and violent thunder storm ensures that the weather phenomena have become extreme (IPCC, 2007). The heating up has caused the melting of ice caps at the poles resulting in the rise of sea level (Stanford SOLAR Center, 2008). Sea levels have risen by an average of 1.88mm per year since 1961 and from 1993 it has increased by 3.1 mm. If it continues to happen the places lying near the coastal area like Bangladesh and India would be in danger (IPCC, 2007).

Global warming is likely to be the greatest cause of species extinction (IPCC, 2007). According to IPCC report (2007), a rise in 1.5 degree Celsius average temperature may put 20-30%species at risk. Experts have predicted that one-fourth of earth’s species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues. The warming up of the planet causes ecosystem to struggle leading to extinction of those wild life animals that cannot survive in warmer environment, (World Wildlife Fund, n.d.).  The effect of global warming on human health is also expected to be serious. The American Medical Association has reported that increases in mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and chronic conditions like asthma are occurring as a direct result of global warming, (IPCC,2007).

It is obvious that climate change is one of the utmost threats faced by the world. Some of the latest happenings of climate change around the world include melting of ice at the polar regions of Antarctica and Greenland. The declinations of Adelic penguin, polar bear, and golden toad and Acropora cervicornis at the poles and scientists have correlated the rampant blaze in United States as a result of increasing temperature (Amore, 2014). 

Climate change is not something that is predictable, nor an unconquerable enemy.  Each and every one can control and combat the climate change. A simple measure like recycling the usage of plastic bottles and plastics, planting trees in degraded lands, minimizing the usage of equipments which gives out CFS can be taken as the first steps towards it. The scientists are calling on the World leaders to sign up on an agreement on eight points to combat climate change (BBC News, 2015). The world had been involved in planning the ways to prevent climate change. Various Summits, conferences and meetings in relation to prevent climate change issues were held. As per the Earth League, the United Nations meeting in the coming December is the last chance to avert dangerous climate change (BBC News, 2015).  Of the eight points, some points like safe guarding ecosystems such as forest and oceans can be done by every nation across the world. Climate Change is not only a problem but also an opportunity (World Climate Summit, 2014).  With the entire world concerned for climate change issues and constraint, the world will have better motives toward introducing cleaner energy supplies or reducing the use of energies, air quantity, better health facilities and good quality of life.

Climate change is a risky business. Within the last few decades, various effects of climate change had be seen and known. It is not an issue that can be left out easily. The upcoming dangers and challenges of global warming require a steady and cooperative response from the planet to boost communal capacity to predict, alleviate and adopt. Every individual should be aware of what is happening with the climate change and should be ready to face the challenges. Global warming has become a serious threat to humanity and before it brings an end to the planet earth, everyone should think globally and act globally to mitigate this issue.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Happy Mothers' Day

“The touch of her hand, the sweetness of her laughter, the taste of her food, the warmth of her hug, the depth of her love… she is the most special person on this earth”.
As the world celebrates this beautiful day, I can’t hold back myself from jotting down few lines for all the mothers and especially my mom. There won't be a better day then this to appreciate and acknowledge our mothers. Life won’t be that easy without her. Mother is a relationship that can’t be bought or neither be replaced. She is the first person to embrace you wholeheartedly and shower you with immense love. The person who sacrifices her time to nurture us, the person who fights for our right and the person who wakes up at an odd hour to attend us, she has done so much. It is time we pay back our gratitude. Mother’s day is a special day for the world. It is a day to remind us how special a mother is. Thank you all the Mothers for being an amazing mother and nurturing us. Salute to all the mothers.
For my mother:
It is a mother’s day and unlike others, I can’t text her since she won’t understand it. All I could do is chew over the memories and pray for her long life.
“You are my strength, confidence and weakness. I am so blessed to be born to you…You have been a wonderful mom and I love you with all my heart. You are the person in whom I found my life and on whom I shower my love.  A thought of losing you scares me to death. I wish if I can make you stand by my side forever. A smile on your face means a lot to me. I may not have been a good daughter but I am trying my best to be the best one. My world revolves around you. I am truly blessed to have you on my side as my guidance. Thank you for loving me immensely. I love you always and forever”.
 As the world joins in to celebrate your day, I silently pray for your long life and happiness. Happy Mother’s Day!!!