Citrus (mandarin orange as commonly called) and cardamom are two top export cash crops that contribute substantially to Bhutanese GDP. These two commodities featured as the top 9th and 10th export items for Bhutan in the Bhutan Trade Statistics 2012 earning Nu. 452.63 million and Nu. 424.68 million respectively.
An international course on Environmental Economics began yesterday at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. The training is being implemented in partnership betweenConservation Strategy Fund and UWICE. It is a five days training and will end on 16th May, 2014.
On the 2nd of May 2014, commemorating the birth anniversary of our 3rd Druk Gyelpo, Jigme Dorji Wanchuk, the dairy farmers of Whooling under Orong Geog has eventually materialized their success in exploring the open market for fresh milk like any other dairy groups in the region. The Whooling Dairy Group was formed back in 2011, consisting of 54 active members dominated by females. Since then the group has been operating successfully in its small way and at a particular time, the group had no choice other than to supply their fresh milk to Orong dairy cooperatives under inevitable grounds.
24-28 April, 2014, Sampheling: The Regional Pig Breeding Centre (RPBC), Yusipang in collaboration with the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Chukha conducted a five days training on “Capacity Building Training on Pig Production to Progressive Pig farmers of the Western Region.” A total of thirty one farmers from two geogs of Darla and Sampheling took part in the training. The training was conducted at Sampheling RNR-RC.
11-15 March, Sarpang: Research Development Centre (RDC) Bajo, in partnership with the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), Bhur conducted a five days Training of Trainers (ToT) on farmers group/cooperative formation for the extension agents of Punakha, Dagana, Tsirang and Wangdue from March 11 to 15, 2014 at Bhur under Sarpang Dzongkhag. The training was designed to help field staff in the dzongkhags to better understand groups and cooperatives. With the launch of the rice commercialisation program, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has initiated the formation of many farmers groups in the potential rice growing areas.