17 January 2017: Twenty-five high school students from eastern Bhutan have been undergoing a one month farm mechanisation training which started from January 3, 2017 at the Khangma office of the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC). The training had been purposely coincided with the students’ winter vacation to enable the training and to engage them fruitfully. The objective of the training is to impart the importance, benefits and opportunities in farm mechanisation activities in the agriculture sector.
The curriculum consists of operation and maintenance of different farm machineries including the power tiller. The knowledge and skills gained can also be passed on to their families, relatives and village folks upon their return to their villages. Hereafter, this training shall be a routine activity of AMC every January.
Besides Khangma, this School Farm Mechanisation Programme as part of the School Agriculture Programme has also commenced at the Paro and Samtenling offices of the Agriculture Machinery Centre with a clear objective and improved curriculum. There are three types of training under this programme- (a) for High school students (b) for Technical Training Institute trainees and (c) for the College of Natural Resources students.
Twenty trainees from the Technical Training Institute (TTI) Khuruthang and twelve from Jakar are undergoing the 3 months training at AMC, Paro while eight trainees from TTI Dekiling are undergoing this training at the Samtenling office. The training will end by March. They are being taught the operation of and repair of power tiller and design and fabrication of farm machinery equipment during these three months. This training termed as “Technical Farm Machinery Training” under the School Farm Mechanization Programme is to instill the scope and opportunities for this section of trainees in the Agriculture Mechanisation Programme and in agriculture. They will have opportunity to get employed at FMCL, geog hiring services or can even set up their own enterprises to provide back-up services for farm mechanisation in all corners of country.
The Agriculture Machinery Centre have already started to work on improving the curriculum and to link objective of such trainings to the huge opportunities in the agriculture in discussion with the Department of Agriculture. The AMC management feels that there is huge long term benefit of such programme linking with general and technical school from now itself. This programme shall be annually carried out every winter henceforth.
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