17 May 2017, Darla: A week long training on Non-Wood Forest Products management is being given to 25 farmers of the communities of Mondokha and Drukdingsa from Dungna Gewog, Chukha Dzongkhag in Darla.
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17 May 2017, FCBL Thimphu: A three days capacity building training for farm shop operators is being concluded today at the FCBL Thimphu Region Head Office. The training has 13 participants from farm shops in the Thimphu Region. The training covers segments on Value Chain and Agricultural Marketing, Farm Shop Operation & Management, and the Buy Back Function. The training has been organised by FCBL in collaboration with DAMC/RAMCO with fund support from CARLEP/IFAD, MoAF. Similar training are also being conducted in the other FCBL regions.
– Reported with photo by Pelden Tashi, Regional Manager, FCBL Thimphu Region
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The new potato variety introduced from International Potato Center, Lima, Peru has high Iron and Zinc content and also rich in Vitamin C. It is a red variety and oval in shape which is preferred by farmers and export market. It also has good chipping quality. New variety has a yield potential of more than 11mt /ac which is more than double the existing national average. The variety is expected to help address the malnutrition situation in the young children as it is one of the most preferred food items among children.
Similarly, two upland paddy varieties have also been accepted for release. One of the new varieties is local selection (Zangthi 2) from Zangthi Village in Samdrup Jongkhar and other one is introduced from Nepal. Both the varieties have red grains and have yield potential as par with the normal season paddy. Continue reading
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15 May 2017, Wangsisina, Thimphu: On Saturday, the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, handed over one Power Tiller each to four geogs of Thimphu Dzongkhag namely Kawang, Chang, Mewang and Genekha. This is the second time that a power tiller each is being distributed to these geogs, though the first time it was to all eight geogs of Thimphu Dzongkhag.
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12 May 2017, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji today launched the National Plant Protection Centre website on Sharing Plant Protection Resources of Bhutan. The website relates three interconnected products- Document retention (google drive): Help Bhutan build on what has been done before; National Plant Pest Database: Technical resource capturing 30+ years of knowledge on pests in Bhutan (> 200 person-years of work) and Pests of Bhutan Website: Provides the public access to the latest information on identification and management of the most important pests (insects, pathogens, weeds, vertebrate pests) in Bhutan.
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