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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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  • Two agriculture centers registered as organic entities

    Two national centers under the Department of Agriculture namely, the National Center for Organic Agriculture (NCOA), Yusipang in Thimphu and the National Seed Centre (NSC), Chundudingkha in Paro are registered to be certified as organic under the Bhutan Organic Guarantee System. These are the first two centers in the country to be registered as organic entities.

    With registration, the centers voluntarily commit to adopt the organic farming principles and practices at their farms. They will have to adhere to Bhutan Organic Standard (BOS) requirements to have their produces/products certified as organic and access Bhutan Organic Mark.

    NCOA aims to organically certify its entire research and demonstration farm. It was declared as an organic research farm in 2004 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests but it was not formally registered and certified. NSC will be starting off its organic certification target with a small area which is currently under organic Chilli seed production. NSC has initiated the organic seed production of traditional Chilli variety Sha Ema to make organic seeds available.

    Registration is the first step for organic certification following which the centers will be assessed for compliance to BOS and finally certified under the Local Organic Assurance System. Once certified, the centers will be authorized to use Bhutan Organic Mark and can sell their certified products/produce as organic in Bhutan.

    NCOA was inaugurated in 1969 as a horticulture research station which has now been reformed into an apex body for organic agriculture in Bhutan. NSC was established in 1966 for the production of vegetables and other horticultural crops for improving the livelihood and nutrition of Bhutanese people. Both centers are supported by the National Organic Flagship Program.

    NCOA encourages other centers and institutes to follow suit for the production of healthy food and safeguarding the environment.

    -Submitted by Kinga Lham, NCOA, Yusipang

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