August 31, 2015, Thimphu: The Council of RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB) last Friday handed over 60 decimal Agriculture Technology Garden to Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School (YHSS). BAFRA’s Director General (DG) Namgay Wangchuk formally handed over the garden by unveiling the signpost in presence of officials from Agriculture and Forests Ministry, Education Ministry, Principal, teachers and students of the school.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, the DG said that it is to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyakpo. Further, he said, it is within the School Agriculture Programme (SAP) policy to help schools around the country grow varieties of vegetables and fruit crops to enhance nutritional intake of students. He pointed out that the garden’s area per se may be quite small but the benefits to school will be manifold. “The garden will particularly serve as experimental or learning plot for students taking up Agriculture and Food Security subject.” This is in addition to reaping the fruits the crops bear.
The school having been established back in 1965 is celebrating its golden jubilee this year. Hence, school representative speaking at the ceremony said the garden is a special gift the school is receiving from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest. “For this, we are deeply grateful to the Ministry,” said Offtg. Principal.
CoRRB’s SAP coordinator, B.B Rai informed that the garden was developed over a period of 7 months in close collaboration with the school. He informed that atleast 8 varieties of fruit trees were planted with Asparagus planted in between. “We had a very successful collaboration, each working very hard towards transforming the garden into what it has developed.
He said that area before the project remained idle. “Nothing except for the weeds were growing in what we today see healthy fruits trees growing,” he said. He also informed that school can raise seeds and seedlings within the green house infrastructure which was constructed within the premise of the garden.
Jigme Wangchuk, a XI commerce student who was engaged in garden development summed up saying that he acquired real knowledge and practical skills in agriculture works. He said, “Not everyone can become doctors and engineer, many have to go back and be an educated farmer. He said it is during such time that the knowledge and skills gained will prove useful.
Reported with photographs by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS
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