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  • Thim Throm schools receives SAP awards

    Thimphu: The School Agriculture Programme (SAP) organized an award ceremony for SAP annual literary winners of Thim Throm schools on 27 November.

    The Programme Coordinator, Mr. BB Rai informed the gathering of students, teachers and officials on the status of the annual awards. He said that the national award was awarded during the World Food Day which was held at Sakteng, Trashigang on October 16. The certificates and cash prizes for the winners were sent through the post; however for the schools in Thim Throm, the awards are being given in person. The Thim Throm schools have bagged 25% of total SAP literary awards for the current academic year. The winning students were from Dechencholing HSS, Mothithang HSS, Loseling MSS, Jigme Namgyel LSS and Taba PS.

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  • Youths to promote bee farming in Pemagatshel

    Pemagatshel: Considering the importance of bee farming towards food security, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Pemagatshel trained 27 school dropout youths from seven gewogs and 10 livestock staff on hands-on training on beekeeping from 15-21 November. The trained youths will be the ambassadors to promote bee farming in the Dzongkhag.

    The technical backstopping for training was provided by the National Highland Research and Development Centre, Bumthang while the fund was supported by the Dzongkhag Development Grant (DDG).

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  • MoU signed between Department of Agriculture and JICA

    25 November, Thimphu:  A memorandum of understanding was signed for general grant aid titled, ‘Project for Improvement of Farm Machinery for Hiring Services of Tillage (Phase 2) between the Department of Agriculture (DoA), Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and JICA. It will improve the accessibility to hiring services for farmers and agricultural productivity by providing farm machineries, thereby contributing to improve food security.

    “Since the primary mandate for the Agriculture Production Division is to enhance the production for food security, food self-sufficiency, youth engagement and enterprise promotion, the project will immensely benefit the division”, said Ms. Kinlay Tshering, the Director for DoA.

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  • Capacity development training on crop modeling underway in Paro

    25-29 November, Paro: About 35 participants from all the Agriculture Research and Development Centres and central programs are attending a week long capacity development training on crop modeling at Metta Resort. Dr. Mariko Fujisawa, Climate Change Expert from FAO Headquarters, Rome and Dr. Olivier Crespo, Climate System Analysis Group, Environmental and Geographical Science Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa are the resource persons for the program.

    The training will enhance the capacity of participants in crop related tools and models through the use of open source software’s such as R and Q-GIS using locally available climate and crop data. This would further enhance the capacity of agricultural researchers in incorporating weather and climate science in regular agriculture research activities.

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