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  • A new approach of promoting fruits in the east

    Farmers Training

    January 27- February 3, Mongar: The Second session of the training program under Systematic training and orchard establishment for the farmers is underway at the centre for the period of 10 days. The first session of the training was completed at the beginning of this year from 1st to 10th January 2016 with the farmers of Trashigang, Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar. For this session the total of 22 farmers from Lhuentse, Mongar and Trashiyangtse are here to learn about Nursery production, planting, basin making, Fertilisation and Pruning.

    Every year such training is organised by Research and Development Center (RDC) Wengkhar to promote more fruits and vegetables for the six eastern regions. While organising such trainings, firstly farmers were selected from the target Dzongkhags based on the implementation guide and on horticulture production potential in collaboration with the Dzongkhag and geog agriculture extensions. The selected farmers were given two days of awareness program on horticultural crops wherein participants were exposed to available technologies at the centre. At the end of the awareness program, further consultations were made and the most interested candidates were selected. Farmers were then called for hands on practice on improved orchard management practices for the duration of 10 days at RDC Wengkhar.

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  • Regional coordination Workshop on Joint Collaborative activities

    Regional Workshop19-21 January, Mongar: RNR RDC Wengkhar organised three days regional collaborative workshop to discuss Annual Performance Agreement (APA) and Commodity Program Planning and collaborative activities in line with Annual Performance Agreement Targets and Indicators for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

    The workshop reviewed the progress of ongoing work, planned collaborative work plan for 2016-17, realigned APA targets and indicators. The forum enabled reviving the incorporation of central program activities, project activities and regional program activities into Dzongkhag plan for effective implementation and to enhance the linkages.

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  • Vacancy re-announcement

    In continuation to vacancy Re-announcement vide No. No.Bajo/IHPP-JICA-15/2015-2016/598, dated December 29, 2015, applications are re-invited from the interested Bhutanese Nationals for the post of Basic Operator under ESP category. The selected incumbents shall be recruited to implement the Technical Cooperation Project(TCP), Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project, RNR-RDC, Bajo, Wangduephodrang for a period of 5 years from December 2015 to December 2020. Apart from basic operators’ job responsibilities, the incumbents shall also carry out other works as and when assigned.

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  • A tripartite MoU to improve apple production, productivity and processing

    Officials of MoAF, CNR and Hirosaki University with Dy. Director General of JICA and GNHC officials
    Officials of MoAF, CNR and Hirosaki University with Dy. Director General of JICA and GNHC officials

    14 January, Thimphu: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday among Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), College of Natural Resources (CNR) and Hirosaki University, Japan to implement a project aimed at capacity building and introduction of innovative technologies to improve apple production, productivity and processing in the country.

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  • Evaluation of Quinoa varieties at Phobjikha

    matured crop
    matured crop

    Quinoa or quinua (Chenopodium quinoa Wild) is native to Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Quinoa is known for its genetic variability, wide adaptability and nutritional quality. It is sometimes referred to as “pseudocereal”, similar to buckwheat and amaranth. Quinoa is a highly nutritious food. Quinoa is used to make flour, soup, breakfast cereal and alcohol. Quinoa flour works well as a starch extender when combined with wheat flour or grain, or corn meal, in making biscuits, breads and processed food. Considering its high nutritive value, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) with the support of FAO has introduced two varieties from Peru for evaluation and adaptation in Bhutan. As part of the nation-wide testing, RDC Bajo evaluated two Quinoa varieties in the Phobjikha valley (2980 m) for their local adaptability.

    The seeds were sown (27 March 2015) in line for easy weeding with a row to row spacing of 50 cm each. The seeds were sown uniformly and at later stage, the plants were thinned to maintain a plant to plant spacing of 25 cm. It was observed that there was enough moisture and irrigation was not necessary after sowing. Each variety consists of ten rows.

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