Field Staff Capacity building for enhancing rice production

Participants with the main resource person (Front row from Second from left)
Participants with the main resource person (Front row Second from left)

Bhur, May 26-29, 2015: As part of improving rice productivity and production in the country, a four-day basic rice production training was organised for extension agents and field technicians at RDC Bhur in Sarpang Dzongkhag from May 26-29, 2015. Twenty extension agents from Sarpang, Samdrup Jongkhar and Zhemgang Dzongkhags and six research assistants/field technicians from RDC Bajo, Bhur, Yusipang and National Seed Centre attended the training.

It was basically a refresher course and is the 5th training program organised by the National Rice Program since the start of the rice commercialisation initiative in 2010-2011. So far, 142 field staff has been trained covering the rice growing geogs in 14 Dzongkhags (Wangdue, Punakha, Tsirang, Dagana, Sarpang, Samtse, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Thimphu, Paro, Chhukha, Gasa and Bumthang). Such trainings are considered important not only to update the field staff on basic rice production technology but also to encourage and remind them of the importance of rice in the country.

The training had a blend of theoretical and practical sessions and comprehensively covered subject maters such as basics of rice production science, morphology, rice varieties, rice ecosystems, seed production, breeding and genetics, Global Scenario of rice, irrigation and water management, soil fertility, and integrated pests management systems. In the practical sessions, the trainees got to learn the morphological features of rice plants, variety evaluation procedures, rice diseases and insect pest identification, weeds and hands on setting up of pheromone traps in the field.

The training was conducted through the funded support of RNR SP (EU).

Overall, the training, according to the participants, conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DoA) went very well and they hoped that the DoA would continue providing refresher courses to field staff covering all the extension agents in the country.

Submitted by Reported by Ngawang Chhogyel

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