8 September 2015, Thimphu: A day long field day on “Improved Horticultural Technologies” was organized by the Horticulture Division, DoA in collaboration with Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector of Thimphu Dzongkhag with an objective to showcase the improved horticultural technologies available at the Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm (AITF) located at Wangsisina. The field day was attended by horticulture researchers from RNRRDC Bajo and Yusipang, Dzongkhag Agriculture staff and farmers of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag.
The participants witnessed climate smart low-cost technologies available at the AITF. The technologies displayed were tomato-brinjal grafting, water harvesting technology, micro irrigation system, low-cost poly house construction, proper farm lay out and production methods of other horticultural crops. The tomato grafting technology although being done on commercial scale in other countries is first of its kind being practiced in Bhutan. The technology can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil born diseases and enhances productivity by many folds. The researchers, field staff and farmers interacted and discussed on how to replicate the technologies in their respective region and Dzongkhags.
The occasion was graced by the Director General of the Department of Agriculture and the Dasho Dzongda of Thimphu Dzongkhag. The Director General in his opening remarks highlighted on importance of enhancing production of horticultural crops. He said since adoption of improved horticultural technologies is very important in enhancing productivity and overall production of horticulture crops, the Department of Agriculture through Research Centres and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector is working hard to promote improved crop production technologies in the country.
The field day was followed by the visit to private commercial tomato farm established by the Druk Horticulture Pvt. Ltd.
-Reported by Horticulture Division with photos by Choidup Zangpo
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