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  • Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo visits Trongsa

    17-20 December, Trongsa: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo accompanied by the Director General of the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC), the Director of Department of Agriculture and representative from the Department of Livestock visited Trongsa to monitor and review the progress of agricultural activities under the Economy Contingency Plan (ECP).

    On December 18, the team met with the Dzongkhag Administration, gups of Trongsa, Thromde Thuemi and the representative from Contractor Association to discuss and review the implementation of planned activities amid COVID-19 in the Dzongkhag. Besides, Lyonpo visited Sherubling Sports Complex site, Pangshopang and Kewathang integrated agriculture development site.

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  • Agriculture farming picks up in Sergithang

    Tsirang: With agriculture farming picking up across the country, Sergithang gewog is also gaining momentum in agriculture production with the main focus on chilli. There are many farmers who have ventured into mass chilli production and contributing towards the import substitution.

    Farmers also grow vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, saag, tomato, peas and beans and rear livestock for income. The gewog agriculture office has introduced quinoa cultivation as one of the climate-resilient crops. According to Sukman, a potential farmer, ‘Quinoa is doing well but many people are not keen on taking it up due to market issues.’

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  • Vegetable cultivation in full swing in Mendrelgang

    Tsirang: Over the years, Mendrelgang gewog has picked up in vegetable production. Guman Das Moktan is one promising farmer in the gewog who ventured into vegetable farming some four years back. He grows a variety of vegetables including cauliflower, broccoli, saag, cabbage, beans, onion, garlic and peas on his 4 acres of land. He also rears some poultry and cattle.

    Earlier, Guman Das used to grow maize and rice in his field which did not give him much income. Today, he earns around Nu.3-4 lakhs annually by selling vegetables in Damphu market and to the official visitors.

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  • Royal Civil Service award 2020

    10 December, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests hoisted formal awarding ceremony of medal and certificates for Royal Civil Service Award 2020 at the Thimphu Residency, Conference hall.

    The ceremony was attended by Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, the heads of Departments and the medal recipients based in Thimphu. For the recipient based in regional offices and central programmes, the medal was awarded to the head of the departments.

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  • Capacity building on dairy product diversification held at Tshelungkha

    3-9 December, Haa: The Dairy Product Diversification Training was organized by Livestock Research and Extension Division (LRED) under the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests from 3rd to 9th December at Milk Processing Unit (MPU) Tshelungkha, Esu Geog Haa. This hands-on practical training on product diversification was attended by the Highland Extension Officials serving under Thimphu, Haa, Paro, Wangduephodrang, Gasa, Yak Farm and also officials from National Highland Research & Development Centre, (NHRDC) Bumthang. The members from Haa Valley Yak Cooperative has also attended this practical training with the officials. The resource person from National Dairy Research & Development Centre Yusipang, Regional Livestock Development Centre Wangduephodrang, Haa Dzongkhag and Brown Swiss Breeding Farm Bumthang were invited.

    The training program was graced by Hon’ble Director, Department of Livestock (DoL), MoAF. The Chief from LRED, Program Director, National Research Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries Haa and Dzogkhag Livestock Officer Haa were some of the officials present during the opening of the training program. The main purpose for conducting this training was to come up with dairy products with proper labeling, packaging and for developing strategic marketing value chain for the highlanders.

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