Chief Representative JICA Bhutan Office visits JICA Assisted Agriculture Programs in southern and eastern Bhutan

JICA Chief Representative visit to an Vegetable Outreach Site, Yurbi Lhuentse
JICA Chief Representative visit to an Vegetable Outreach Site, Yurbi Lhuentse

Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, Chief Representative of the JICA Bhutan Office visited JICA Assisted Agriculture Development Programs in the eastern Region w.e.f 24th November to 28th November, 2013 accompanied by JICA Experts, counterparts from RNR RDC Wengkhar and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sectors.

In Phuntshothang under Samdrupcholing Dungkhag, the Chief Representative and the Dzongdag of Samdrupjongkhar attended the Inauguration of the Farm Machinery Support Centre (FMSC) Phunsthothang organized by the Agriculture Machinery Centre, Paro and Regional Agriculture Machinery Centre, Khangma. The FMSC Phunthsothang established with a total cost of Nu. 1.441 million from the 2KR utilization fund by the Agriculture Machinery Centre, DoA in collaboration with Dzonkhag, Dungkhag and geog Administration will  now be able to provide sales, repair and maintenance services for the four geogs of Phunsthothang, Samrang, Martshala and Pemathang benefiting some 1,385 households on these geogs. The opening of the centre will also be able to provide services to the ongoing Agriculture Machinery Hiring Services initiated by the Department of Agriculture.

In Orong also under Samdrupjongkhar, a One Stop Farmers Shop was inaugurated and opened for farm business. The shop established under the Technical Cooperation Project –  Horticulture Research and Development Project (HRDP) on a cost sharing mechanism with labour contribution from the Community is managed by a 31 member farmers group – Orong Vegetable Production and Marketing Group incurred about Nu. 1.200 million. Technical Assistance and marketing supports were also provided by the Regional Agriculture Marketing Office at Mongar. A trial sale of farm machinery spare parts from the Regional Agriculture Machinery Centre at Khangma also started through the OSFS.

JICA Chief Representative visit Inauguration of Chumeygang-Yurbi PTT
JICA Chief Representative visit Inauguration of Chumeygang-Yurbi PTT

The shop established with for the purpose of promoting cooperative approaches in Agriculture Production and Marketing will not only provide a local market for the members but will also be able to enhance delivery of Agriculture services such as farm machinery spare parts, farm tools, equipments, seeds, repair and maintenance services to the locality.

While on the tour, the Chief also visited the Private Nurseries at Mongnang Khola near Khaling (Trashigang) and Mixed fruit Orchards at Morong (Samdrupjongkhar), and Rongthong (Trashigang) and Yurbi (Lhuentse) established under the Technical Cooperation Project – HRDP. A 2 km Chumeygang – Yurbi Power Tiller Track constructed by HRDP JICA was also inaugurated by the Chief Representative.

Compiled: 29/11/2013 Research Communications, RNR RDC Wengkhar

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