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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