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  • Bhutanese Farmers try Hybrid Maize

    Hybrid Maize fields at Biru, Samtse
    Hybrid Maize fields at Biru, Samtse

    In order to enhance maize productivity and contribute to food self sufficiency, the National Maize Program at RNR RDC Wengkhar, DoA MoAF explored the potentials of Hybrid Maize as a spring crop mainly as pre rice in fallow paddy fields. A total of five hybrid maize varieties were introduced from Pioneer Seeds, Hyderabad with supports of the Decentralized Rural Development Project, World Bank – Additional Financing, DoA MOAF (DRDP-WB/AF / Maize Research and Development).

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  • Farmers learn about Fruit Thinning and Harvesting Techniques

    wengkhar20 June 2014, RC Wengkhar: A total of 35 orchard owners completed their final round of crop management training under the Systematic Training and Orchard Development Program for the 2013-14 Financial Year.

    The current batch of orchard owners have already undergone two rounds of training- Awareness on Available Technologies and Fruit Cultivation Practices. The recent training is specifically imparted on fruit thinning and harvesting of temperate and subtropical fruit plants. The training comprised of both in-house theoretical sessions and hands – on practice in the research and farmers’ fields.

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  • A Museum in Memory of Late Dasho Keiji Nishioka

    His Excellency Akihiko Tanaka and Hon'ble Secretary while inaugurating the Museum
    His Excellency Akihiko Tanaka and Hon’ble Secretary while inaugurating the Museum

    17 June 2014: ThePresident of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), His Excellency Mr. Akihiko Tanaka and Hon’ble Secretary, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) jointly inaugurated a Museum in Memory of Late Dasho Keiji Nishioka at the Agriculture Machinery Centre in Bondey, Paro.

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  • A Viable Scheme to solve Water Shortages in Chongshing Gonpa

    Rainwater harvesting system under construction at Chongshing Gonpa
    Rainwater harvesting system under construction at Chongshing Gonpa

    30 May, Pemagatshel: The nine households living around Chongshing Gonpa in Pemagatshel have been facing water shortages for a long time. In order to solve their problem, the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector has initiated the construction of a Rain Water Harvesting System for every household with a water holding capacity of 1500 litres.

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  • “Regional Adaptive Trials on Oilseeds in SAARC Countries” consultation meeting

    Experts from the SAARC member states with Ms. Singye Wangmo, Member, SAC GB and Program Director, ICS at the Concluding Session29 May, Paro: Experts from the SAARC member states except for Maldives met to discuss on the need to share genetic resources of oilseed to enhance the production of oil. As such, the consultation meetings took stock of the oilseed research and development in the SAARC member countries and identify set of oilseed crops for sharing germplasm for coordinated SAARC trials.

    Edible Oil is an important source of protein and energy and essential ingredient for preparing food in the SAARC region. Besides cereals, oil seed is one of the valuable and desired crops in the SAARC region for achieving food and nutritional security. But, Oilseed cultivation is becoming increasingly unattractive due to low and unstable yields. Horizontal expansion of area under oilseed is limited due to declining arable area and other competing crops.

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