26th October, Bumthang: Hon’ble Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture & Forest Dasho Rinzin Dorji formally inaugurated the newly constructed Animal Nutrition Lab for the National Research & Development Center for Animal Nutrition (NRDCAN) Bumthang in presence of Venerable Jakar Lam, Hon’ble Director General, Department of Livestock and other Regional and Dzongkhag officials.
27th October, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan signed a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Partnership Project on “Creation of Active Local Communities through the Introduction of Organic Agriculture with the System of Circulating Natural Materials in Bhutan”.
Mr. Mitsukuni Inaba, Director for NoP-Civil Institute of Organic Rice Cultivation, Mr. Koa Tasaka, Board Member of Asian Rural Institute and Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative of Japan International Corporation Agency Bhutan office represented JICA during the signing while Mr. Ganesh B. Chettri, Offtg. DG of Department of Agriculture, MoAF and Mr. Rinchen Wangdi, Chief of Development Corporation Division GNHC represented Bhutan.
A field day programme was jointly organized by the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector and Agriculture Machinery Centre on improved large scale off grid curing dryer for cardamom. It was held on October 25, at farmer’s place in Kana geog under Dagana Dzongkhag. More than seventy farmers from all geogs and all extension officers attended.
AMC explained the test results and also the advantages of this modified improved curing dryer which is originally from India. Series of modifications were made and had more advantages over the traditional method. It is fire risk free, smoke free and with slow drying rate, the quality is very good. It is dried using heat instead of fire as in traditional method. It is fuel efficient and also can be dried during the rain. The progressive farmer who had installed this technology for tests explained on the huge advantages of this technology and also showed the dried products. He dried more than 2000 kgs on this dryer.
October 17, Laya: Hon’ble Dr Sonam Kinga, National Council chairperson and Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji; Minister for Ministry of agriculture and Forests launched the book on National Gid Disease Prevention and Control Plan Coinciding with the first Royal High Land festival celebrated from October 16-18 at Laya, Gasa.
Yak rearing is an age old traditional practice which are the means of livelihood for farmers living in the high altitude areas. Yak herding is an important source of rural income through the sale of yak products and use of pack yaks for tourism.
The Japanese government will provide a total grant amount of USD 2.4 million under the project, “Improvement of Farm Machinery for Hiring Services of Tillage,” for the Royal Government of Bhutan to procure 353 power tillers. The grant aid agreement was signed today at MoAF conference hall between Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative, JICA Bhutan office and Mr. Thinley Namgyel, Secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission in the presence of Agriculture Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji.
As per press release, this is following the request submitted by the Government of Bhutan to the Government of Japan in 2014 when the two governments held the 9th Bilateral Annual Consultation. “Following which the detailed need survey was dispatched and the scope of assistance for the project was confirmed on 11th May 2016 with the signing of minutes of Meeting,” stated press release.