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  • ToT on Utilisation of Bio-slurry for Agricultural purposes

    Mongar TOT Date 4-6, Sept, 2015
    Mongar TOT-  4-6 Sept, 2015

    4-6 September (Mongar), 8-10 September (Samdrup Jongkhar), 2015: The Training of Trainers (TOT) on the utilisation of Bio-slurry for Agricultural purposes for Geog Agricultural Extension Officials from three Eastern Dzongkhags was conducted by the National Organic Programme (NOP) under the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Bhutan Bio-gas Project under the Department of Livestock. This training programme was funded by the SNV, Bhutan. A total of 30 Geog Agricultural Extension Officials were trained with 13 participants from Mongar, 8 from Pemagatshel and 9 from Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag.

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  • Planning and training workshop for the first ever National Snow Leopard Survey

    Untitled7-11 September 2015, Thimphu; The Wildlife Conservation Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, is conducting a five-day planning and training workshop for the first ever nationwide Snow Leopard Survey. The training workshop is attended by 30 field staff from snow leopard range parks, namely Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP), Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR), Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS), and Paro Territorial Division. The training workshop is facilitated and conducted by a team of national resource persons, most of whom are Core Team Members of the National Snow Leopard.

    The theme of this training workshop is “Counting the mountain queen: National Snow Leopard Survey of Bhutan 2015-2016”. The main objective of this workshop is to familiarize the field staff and survey enumerators with the objective of the National Snow Leopard Survey, and acquaint them with the survey protocol that includes methods in handling and stationing the camera traps and GPS and their accessories, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in wildlife scat collection and handling. The resource persons also imparted general ecology and conservation status of snow leopards in addition to sharing of their past experiences of snow leopard surveys in JDNP, WCNP, and BWS.

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  • A Field Day on Improved Horticultural Technologies

    field day 38 September 2015, Thimphu: A day long field day on “Improved Horticultural Technologies” was organized by the Horticulture Division, DoA in collaboration with Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector of Thimphu Dzongkhag with an objective to showcase the improved horticultural technologies available at the Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm (AITF) located at Wangsisina. The field day was attended by horticulture researchers from RNRRDC Bajo and Yusipang, Dzongkhag Agriculture staff and farmers of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag.

    The participants witnessed climate smart low-cost technologies available at the AITF. The technologies displayed were tomato-brinjal grafting, water harvesting technology, micro irrigation system, low-cost poly house construction, proper farm lay out and production methods of other horticultural crops. The tomato grafting technology although being done on commercial scale in other countries is first of its kind being practiced in Bhutan. The technology can minimize problems caused by flooding and soil born diseases and enhances productivity by many folds. The researchers, field staff and farmers interacted and discussed on how to replicate the technologies in their respective region and Dzongkhags.

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