National Plant Protection Centre

Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

National Plant Protection Centre

Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

Empowering Communities to Combat Invasive Plants: The Polka Dot Plant Awareness Campaign

The National Plant Protection Centre conducted an awareness campaign to address the invasive plant (Polka Dot Plant), scientifically known as Hypoestes phyllostachya. The campaign was conducted on the 10th and 11th of October 2023 in Khempagang village, under Tading Gewog in Samtse Dzongkhag, and on the 12th and 13th of October 2023 in Dophulakha and Kungkha villages situated in Phuentshogling Gewog, Chhukha Dzongkhag. In each location, a total of 50 villagers participated in this initiative, which spanned two days at each site.

The campaign seamlessly integrated theoretical and practical elements. Theoretical sessions offered a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of invasive plants, their modes of proliferation, and the strategic techniques for their management and containment. Following these insightful sessions, hands-on practical demonstrations illuminated effective Polka Dot Plant management and eradication techniques.

The primary objective of this campaign was to heighten awareness and equip local communities with the knowledge and skills required to curb the spread of the Polka Dot Plant, thus safeguarding their farmland and natural biodiversity.

The success of this program was enhanced by the active participation from diverse stakeholders, including Dzongkhag and Gewog Agricultural Officials, Local Government representatives, the Bhutan Food and Drug Authority (BFDA), members of the Tarayana Foundation, and the Plant Protection Official from the Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ARDC), Samtenling. This program was successfully conducted with funding support from the Bhutan Food and Drug Authority (BFDA).

“Let’s all take responsibility to prevent the spread of invasive plants and protect our land and biodiversity from their threats. Stay informed, report sightings, and choose native plants for a healthier, and more sustainable world.”

Invasive Plant Awareness & Management Campaign at Tading gewog, Samtse Dzongkhag
Invasive Plant Awareness & Management Campaign at Phuentshogling gewog, Chhukha Dzongkhag

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Program Director

Program Director

Mrs. Yeshey Dema

Mrs. Yeshey Dema joined the civil service on 26th February 1996. She headed the Soil Fertility Unit, NSSC from 2008 till 2013. In 2013, she was transferred to the National Plant Protection Centre as the Program Director. She holds M. Phil in Soil Science from the University of Reading, UK.

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