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  • GIS and GPS training for Engineers

    A week long training on Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System(GIS) for the staffs of Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture, started on January 5, 2015. The training is conducted by UWICE in collaboration with the Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture.

    In total, 24 participants from the engineering background are attending the training. From this introductory training, the participants are expected to learn how to collect, integrate and interpret data using GIS software and GPS equipment. The training will be delivered as a combination of lectures, demonstration, hands-on exercise, and field survey.

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  • Training of Trainers on principles and practices in Organic Agriculture

    pic 1 bajoThe Training of Trainers (TOT) on principles and practices in Organic Agriculture was held in Wangdue from 22 – 25 December, 2014 and in Mongar from 29 December, 2014 to 1 January, 2015. This training was organized by the National Organic Programme (NOP) to train Extension and Research Officials who had not attended the previous TOTs or undergone organic module in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) or other institutes.

    The training was attended by 40 participants from both Extension and Research fields representing from 15 Dzongkhags namely Gasa, Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, Tsirang, Thimphu, Dagana, Chhukha, Haa, Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel and Zhemgang. The topics included the principles of Organic Agriculture, organic soil fertility management, pest and disease management, organic standards, certification and marketing, organic seed production, Ecological engineering/farmscaping/permaculture, world famous documentaries, practical, roles and activities of the NOP in the promotion of Organic Agriculture in the country.

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  • Inauguration of Solar fencing in Tongthrom

    unnamed31 December, Lhuentse: Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Ministry of agriculture and forests inaugurated the 4.3 kilometers long Electric fencing in Tongthrom. The Fence covers total of 230 acres from which around 109 acres are cultivated. The solar fencing was built with 0.3 million fund support from GCCA project.

    Some 37 beneficiary households are contended that now they don’t have to spend sleepless nights anymore. They are happy that the wild boars and deer are now kept away from their field crops.

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  • Inauguration of Changkhala Community Forest

    DSC006181 January, Lhuentse: His Excellence Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo inaugurated the Changkhala Lhabshen Karmo Community Forests in Jarey gewog. The community forest covers an area of 155 acres covering two villages Changkhala and wayang with 17 households. The management plan for this community forest is for 10 years, starting from 2012.

    While talking to Jarey gup on initiation of the community forest, he basically highlighted on four topics. He said they felt the need of CF due to increasing illegal activity going on in the forest. Secondly he highlighted on the importance of sustainable harvesting of the timber. He said it was very important that they took care of the forestry products for its sustenance to the younger ones. He added that the maintenance of community forest will also ensure water catchment protection and the protection of ecosystem as a whole.

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  • Gortsum receives a Milk Processing Unit

    DSC005251 January, Lhuentse. Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo inaugurated a Milk processing unit (MPU) at Gortsum, Metsho gewog. The MPU consist of 31 members, 24 from Gortsum and 7 from Tongthrom. The Milk processing unit is established in the Park’s house with support of equipments like CGI sheet and cement from MAGIP, RAMCO and NDDC.

    After the MPU inauguration, His Excellence granted audience to the people gathered. He encouraged the villagers to produce more milk. Hon’ble lyonpo stated “the MPU machine directly converts and separates the milk to butter and curd. There is no waste.” Further highlighting “I believe it will instead benefit you. There is no doubt for market place.” He stated that the produce to be bought by the farmer’s shop which will soon be established in every gewog. Lyonpo added “till now people were unable to generate income due to lack of market place despite the hard work. But, farmers shop will solve this issue.”

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