Punakha: A field day to sow Soybeans (Glycine max) in Chimipang, Punakha was organized on 29 June by ARDC-Bajo and National Organic Programme as a part of the JICA Joint Partnership Programme on “Creation of Active Local Communities through the Introduction of Organic Agriculture with the System of Circulating Natural Materials in Bhutan”. The program is basically an adaptive research trial on organic rice production without the use of synthetic herbicides.
Seven volunteers including the Ex-Minister of Agriculture from Japan, officials from ARDC-Bajo, ARDC-Yusipang, Royal Project-Chimipang and Dzongkhag attended the field day. Two varieties of soybeans were sown, namely, ‘Enrei” imported from Japan and other local variety from Bhutan. The Enrei is said to have high nitrogen fixing ability and has high protein content of 44%.
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