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  • 3rd Agriculture Research Coordination Meeting underway in Gelephu

    28-30 January, Gelephu: The agriculture officials are attending the 3rd Agriculture Research Coordination Meeting in Gelephu. It will serve as a technical forum for planning, reviewing and endorsing annual research activities proposed by the Agriculture Research and Development Centres and Central Programs of the Department of Agriculture. It will also highlights the emerging issues in agriculture sector and identify the key research needs and priorities.

    The Director, Department of Agriculture at the opening session stated that our research also needs to focus on various emerging issues such as human wild life conflicts, irrigations water management and shortage of farm labours to generate appropriate solutions. She emphasized on streamlining gender disparity, farm feminization, and nutrition and food security issues in the nationally coordinated research trials.

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  • Delegation from Kasetsart University visits Ministry

    23 January, Thimphu: A seven member delegation from Kasetsart University, Thailand led by the Acting President, Dr. Chongrak Watcharinrat met with the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo and the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary. Representatives from the departments and non-departments were also present.

    The meeting discussed the human resource development at the University in agriculture, forestry, and livestock fields.

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  • Towards Enhancing Dairy Product Quality

    Based on the findings of research conducted by National Dairy Research and Development Center (NDRDC), Yusipang, milk supplied by the farmers is of poor quality in terms of adulteration and microbial load. It is imperative that milk indented for production of products should be of high quality with low microbial load.

    As a follow up action to the initial findings, a team from the NDRDC in collaboration with the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Sarpang conducted training on Clean Milk Production for the dairy farmers of Gelephu Om Detshen. It was conducted from 7-9 January at the RNR Centre, Gelephu.

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  • Awareness campaign to strengthen dairy farming in Pemagatshel

    An awareness campaign was organised in Shumer gewog, Pemagatshel on 18 January to uplift the dairy farming through self-help group (SHG) and encourage public participation and increase group members. The campaign was also aimed at encouraging others to take up dairy group activities and the role of youth in livestock farming.

    During the campaign, farmers were sensitized on the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL) loans to promote livestock farming in Dzongkhag. The importance of fodder plantation and breed improvement was further stressed.

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  • Quarg Cheese Production: Innovation in dairy product diversification

    Training on Quarg cheese production was conducted from 10-12 January for the Dzongkhag extension staffs of 12 gewogs and two plant workers of the Louten Om Detshen (LOD) at Yoghurt plant, Sarpang. Quarg cheese is an acid coagulated fresh unripened variety of cheese with high nutritional value.

    The training was aimed to develop a new dairy product for display during the Southern Foothills Festival which was held from 16-18 January.

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