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  • Jangdung farmers venture into mass Chilli production

    A group of 19 households in Jangdung village under Saling gewog,  Mongar have ventured into early chilli production on about 3 acres of wetland which is otherwise left fallow after paddy season. A hybrid Indian chilli variety, SHP 2448 is being cultivated for the first time in the village to meet the chilli shortage during the winter season.

    The group is planning to expand the area from next season and do the cultivation early to produce chilli in critical winter months. This year’s production was delayed by the lockdowns. The group also cultivated tomatoes on a commercial scale inside greenhouses.

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  • Feed block as an alternative feed resource for yaks

    On March 5, the Department of Livestock handed over 3087 kgs of feed blocks to the Chairperson of Haalung Lhanor Nyamlay Tshokdhey, Haa as an alternative winter feed resource for yaks. The feed blocks were produced by the National Highland Research and Development Center (NHRDC) and the National Research Development Center for Animal Nutrition (NRDCAN), Jakar.

    The feed and fodder shortage mainly in yaks during the lean period in winter is reported to be a major concern next to wildlife depredation in highland Dzongkhags. The reduced feed supply from natural pastures to meet the feed demand of highland animals in the winter months as well as the limited supply of supplementary feeds result in low calving and growth rates due to the poor body condition of the animals. The lack of adequate feed resources also leads to reduced productivity and mortality of animals (yak, horse and sheep) while on migration from winter lowlands to the higher summer grazing areas.

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  • First batch of Yak AI Technicians receive certificates

    The first batch of 15 Yak Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) from the highland Dzongkhags and the National Highland Research and Development Centre (NHRDC), Jakar were awarded certificates by the Department of Livestock (DoL) on March 4 for completing of 14 days training on AI and synchronization technique in yaks.

    The first of its kind in the country, the AI training in yaks was organized by the Livestock Research and Extension Division, DoL in technical collaboration with the NHRDC and National Dairy Research and Development Centre, Yusipang. The training was initiated as a part of the Highland Development Program (HDP) to improve the yak breed and conserve it through the preservation of frozen semen to be used for breed improvement of Bhutanese yaks under farm and field conditions using artificial insemination.

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  • Agriculture Secretary visits youth group, Nazhoen Sonam Detshen in Radhi

    A youth group of three school dropout boys have ventured into commercial vegetable cultivation in Panglemzor village under Radhi gewog in Trashigang.

    The group has taken four acres of fallow land on lease to do commercial cultivation of chillies and tomatoes. The Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector has supported the group with four sets of greenhouses and irrigation equipment on a cost sharing basis through ECP program. The group will soon receive CSI loan of Nu.300,000 to install chain linked fences around their farm.

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  • Sanam Lyonpo meet farmers in Tsirang

    Tsirang: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo on March 6 visited the progressive farmers field, integrated piggery and fishery farms and rain water harvesting site at Mendrelgang.

    Lyonpo also visited Ashish Horticulture and Kiwi Nursery and kiwi wine processing unit at Doonglagang. He later visited the EM technology model poultry farm established in 2020 and Tsirang Natural Yogurt processing unit at Gorsaling.

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