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  • Agriculture officials learn about Organic Farming Technologies

    11-13 September, Thimphu: More than 50 participants including the agriculture researchers, extension officers and relevant stakeholders attended a training on Organic Farming Technologies at the Agriculture Research Development Centre (ARDC)-Yusipang. The training was conducted by ARDC-Yusipang and ICIMOD as part of the Resilient Mountain Solutions (RMS) activity.

    During the training, a team from ICIMOD made a brief presentation on the mission, objectives and overall background of ICIMOD and RMS. The members from Sikkim also presented on the transition of organic agriculture in Sikkim highlighting how they had fulfilled the aims of being fully organic. They shared that organic agriculture management and certification in Sikkim was done between 2003-2015 in which a total area of 76169 hectares land was certified.

    The team further briefed on the role of multi-stakeholders in organic promotion and presented some motivational videos. According to the team, Sikkim was verbally declared as organic farming state by the Hon’ble Chief Minister in 2003 through the concept of banned the import and application of synthetic agricultural inputs by 2003.

    During opening session, the Chief from the Agriculture Research and Extension Division, Wangda Dukpa shared that roughly 25,000 acres of our land cultivations are organic and have identified commodities too. He stressed that “Since we already have identified target areas for 12th Five Year Plan, it is our responsibility to take our organic mission of going fully organic forward.”

    Participants learned about preparing organic compost and pesticides which will be further shared at their respective places.

     

    Reported by Karma Loday with a photo by Tandin Norbu, ICTD

     

     

     

     

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  • Haa farmers attend hands-on-training on Organic Farming Technologies

    8-9 September, Haa: More than 35 participants from 56 households of Longpa/Nobgang villages under Samar gewog attended hands-on-training on Organic Farming Technologies. The training was conducted by the Agriculture Research and Development Centre-Yusipang and ICIMOD as a part of the Resilient Mountain Solutions initiative.

    Prior to the training, a team from ICIMOD briefed farmers on the preparation of organic manure and pesticides including the raw materials required. “Since all the required equipments and facilities are readily available, an organic farming is very convenient to do. But to have a successful national organic programme, there should be a common understanding between community people and government line agencies. There should also have multi-stakeholders involvement,” said Mr. Kamal from ICIMOD.

    ICIMOD team further shared that, to have a successful organic agriculture, we should cooperate and unite to overcome hardship and challenges. They encouraged farmers and highlighted that team work is the only means to fulfill government’s aim of becoming a fully organic nation.

    On the second day, farmers were trained on the preparations of organic manure and pesticides practically. They learned how to prepare three different types of Jholmol such as Jholmol 1, Jholmol 2, Jholmol 3 and Amrit Jal using compost, cow urine, water, EM, artimlsia, milia, stining nettle, eupatorium, chilli, garlic, datwoc, marigold leaves, gingers and jaggry. The compost jholmols will be ready within 15 days and should use it weekly where as amritjal will be ready after 4 days and must use in the ratio 1:5 litres of amritjal and water respectively.

    A farmer from Samar gewog, Sangay shared that “We have received similar trainings before but we failed to practice it. Since we got an opportunity to do it practically, we assure to practice it regularly.” He added that “We have been using such organic pesticides only after the sign of pest which were supposed to be done at early stage. Now, since we all are aware of organic manure preparation and usage, we hope for better outcomes.”

    Reported and photo by Karma Loday, ICTD

     

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  • MoAF signs National Organic Flagship Programme APA with the Hon’ble Prime Minister

    23 August, Thimphu: The Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for the fiscal year 2019-2020 of National Organic Flagship Programme was signed between the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Lotay Tshering and the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests on August 22, 2019 at the PM Office.

    The government has allocated a budget of Nu. 1 billion for organic flagship programme. This programme aims to sustain livelihood system through increased organic production, increase domestic production of bio-inputs, enhance organic value chain and marketing and strengthen policy, institution and regulatory environment for organic programme.

    Budget earmarked for implementation of FY 2019-2020 activities is Nu. 189.9 Million. Some of the key deliverables for FY 2019-2020 includes conducting feasibility studies for establishing bio-inputs production plants and marking infrastructures, accreditation of Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) as a third party certification body for carrying out inspection and certification of organic products as per ISO/IEC 17065, employment generation for 100 individuals in the organic sector and establishment of dedicated organic sale outlets. However, the major focus for this year is to enhance the required technical capacity of the stakeholders and to create and put in place an enabling environment.

    The Organic Flagship APA was also signed between the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and Heads of the Departments and Agencies to ensure the achievements of respective activities.

     

    Reported by Mr. Tshetrim La, NOFP-CU, DoA, MoAF, Thimphu

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