To institutionalize a system of farmers training, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests established Rural Development Training Centre in Zhemgang with support from Swiss Development Cooperation and Helvetas. Initially started with an interim office at Lobesa in May 2004 with 5 instructors supported by expatriate staff from HIS as advisors. In 2005, RDTC initiated its first Community Leaders Training (CLT) and Farm Business Training (FBT) in Lobesa. The training centre at the present location at Zhemgang was inaugurated in May 2008. RDTC initially targeted literate farmers and school leavers with the aim to contribute to enhancement of rural income and employment opportunities. By 2008, the centre developed 3 main training programs: i) Skills based Farm Business Training ii) Community Leaders Training for groups and cooperatives and iii) School Agriculture Program for school children, conducted during the vacation. The centre aims to fulfill the mandate with continued dedication to provide skills-based training for the farmers and school leavers attending the training programs.
RDTC envisions building up a critical mass of educated farmers who are interested and capable to participate in the commercial farming on an economically and environmentally sustained basis.
RDTC sees itself as the knowledge centre that is able to meet the skill and knowledge needs of the modern day farmers and contributes to an improve image of the farming profession