Octobr 23-25, Thimphu: As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Union (ACCU), Thailand and the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Co-operatives (DAMC), a three-days training was organised for the representatives of the six Savings and Credit Co-operatives in Bhutan, based in Mongar, Zhemgang, Samtse, Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu.
The training was provided by Dr. Ranjith Hettiarachchi, who is an expert in Cooperative Economics and Microfinance. He has more than 30 years’ experience in credit union development in different capacity such as volunteer trainer, General Manager of Federation of Thrift and Credit Cooperatives (SANASA) in Sri Lanka and the Chief Executive Officer of ACCU.
24 October 2017, Thimphu: The Japanese expert, Dr. Watanabe, and the Australian Volunteer/Plant Pathologist, Dr. Naomi Diplock attached with the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) conducted a three-day training program on mushroom spawn production techniques for private individuals and staff from ARDC from 17 to 19 April 2017 in collaboration with the NMC.
At the moment mushroom spawn is being produced and distributed by NMC and the other mushroom units under ARDC. However these centres are not able to meet the growing demand from the mushroom growers due to high demand and dwindling budget. Moreover the growers are located in different parts of the country and their remoteness makes delivery of mushroom spawn difficult. Mushroom spawn also get damaged during transport since the refrigerated vehicles and cold storage facilities is not readily available. Due to the increasing demand it is felt that commercialising mushroom spawn production is also viable if the producers are adequately trained.