April 17, Bumthang: The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji visited a workshop cum store at the Central Machinery Unit (CMU) and National Horse Breeding Farm in Nasphyel.
The workshop started in August 2008 consists of an administration block, workshop cum store, scrap house, washing bay and parking facilities. Constructed by a team of JICA Senior Volunteers, it particularly deals with the earth moving machineries and their spare parts and maintenance equipment.
During interaction with Lyonpo, the CMU staff shared field issues in terms of promotion, training, financial and shortage of machineries among others. They also requested the need of bikes and extension kit at field level. On this, Lyonpo assured them to provide all the possible support from the Ministry. Discussing on the machineries, Lyonpo suggested the staff to surrender the old machineries that are non-functioning and request for new ones. CMU deals with bulldozer, excavator, dumptruck, cargotruck, rollers, fueltanker, selfloader, tractor among others, some of which are off-road.
At Horse farm, Lyonpo visited the standing padlock to see the health and progress in horse breeding. The farm was established in 2010 for horse development in the country with stocks like Spiti, Yuta, Hequ, Thorough Breed etc. It is mandated for procuring and supply of stallions and to provide technical support on horse breeding management. Currently, the farm has around 68 horses under monitoring.
During interaction, Lyonpo observed some of the staff being underutilised at farm and felt the need to relocate them as per their technical capacity.
In order to promote eco-tourism and local horses, the farm is planning to set up an area for horse riding training. This is also expected to encourage horse demand; there is a limited demand of horses at the moment.
In addition, Lyonpo visited the seed centre office and Food Corporation of Bhutan, Bumthang depot and interacted with the staff in terms of progress and issues. He also visited one of the farmer fields in Chamkhar belonging to Sonam who solely depends on agriculture farming for the living.
Tshering Doma with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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