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A month long training on operation and maintenance of power tiller conducted at Paro, Samteling and Khangma offices of the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) concludes on November 1. There were nine, 15 and 20 participants in Paro, Samteling and Khangma respectively who were nominated from Dzongkhags to support as operators in the geog.
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27th October, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan signed a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Partnership Project on “Creation of Active Local Communities through the Introduction of Organic Agriculture with the System of Circulating Natural Materials in Bhutan”.
Mr. Mitsukuni Inaba, Director for NoP-Civil Institute of Organic Rice Cultivation, Mr. Koa Tasaka, Board Member of Asian Rural Institute and Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative of Japan International Corporation Agency Bhutan office represented JICA during the signing while Mr. Ganesh B. Chettri, Offtg. DG of Department of Agriculture, MoAF and Mr. Rinchen Wangdi, Chief of Development Corporation Division GNHC represented Bhutan.
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A field day programme was jointly organized by the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector and Agriculture Machinery Centre on improved large scale off grid curing dryer for cardamom. It was held on October 25, at farmer’s place in Kana geog under Dagana Dzongkhag. More than seventy farmers from all geogs and all extension officers attended.
AMC explained the test results and also the advantages of this modified improved curing dryer which is originally from India. Series of modifications were made and had more advantages over the traditional method. It is fire risk free, smoke free and with slow drying rate, the quality is very good. It is dried using heat instead of fire as in traditional method. It is fuel efficient and also can be dried during the rain. The progressive farmer who had installed this technology for tests explained on the huge advantages of this technology and also showed the dried products. He dried more than 2000 kgs on this dryer.
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Hon’ble Dr. Sonam Kinga, National Council chairperson inagurated the event. Present also were Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji; Minister for Ministry of agriculture and Forests, Hon’ble Lyonpo Damcho Dorji; Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Farmers, students, tourists and other dignitaries.
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