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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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  • SMART Patrol Enforcement Training

    DSC_6177January 25-31, Zhemgang: A week long training on SMART Patrolling Enforcement is underway in Tingtibi, Zhemgang. The training is organised by Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in concurrence to the resolutions of the third National Park Conference 2015, held in Lampelri. The conference had directed that all the Protected Areas and Territorial Divisions to implement their own SMART patrolling by recognising the applicability of SMART tool and based on positive experiences shared by Royal Manas National Park in their pilot initiation. Therefore, the two resource persons from the Royal Manas National Park were sought to deliver the training as per their expertise and experience in piloting SMART Patrol Enforcement in the country.

    While conservation efforts put in by Bhutanese foresters are remarkable, the patrolling system followed is still the conventional method where no specific data on the efforts put in by the foresters are reflected though poachers and illegal forest product transactions are recorded. This has left most of the efforts put in by the frontline conservationist unrecognised. Besides, there is no concrete data and information on the extent of patrolling conducted by individual foresters and respective agencies. Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) on the other hand is a software that generate report at any time and for any length of period, provided for the field practitioners to collect data on Global Positioning System (GPS) device every time they go to the fields. From the report, the managers will be able to direct resources to the needy places and individual efforts will be measured for the motivation. Implementing SMART will mean a shift of patrolling system from conventional type to modern digitalised system. While SMART is gaining popularity throughout the world, SMART was first introduced in Bhutan in the Roayal Manas National Park as a pilot project in 2013.

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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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  • B-Coop shop opened at Gelephu

    Untitled-2Sarpang: Bhutan Cooperative (B-Coop) shop has been established at Gelephu by the Southern Ginger Cultivation and Cottage Industry (SGCCI) group based at Samteling geog on 19 January. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Sarpang Dasho Dzongda.

    The shop will strengthen the marketing of local products through cooperative marketing, assist the cooperatives/Farmers Groups to market their products, make local products readily available to the consumers with standard quality, showcase the proper packaging and quality standards and also create a niche market by developing and promoting potential Geographical Indicator (GI) products.

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