Hon’ble Lyonpo visits RNR activity sites and offices in Dagana and Tsirang

During the visit to Dagana and Tsirang Dzongkhags from October 14-17, the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo accompanied by the senior officials from the Ministry visited various RNR activity sites and offices.

Enroute to Dagana on October 14, Lyonpo stopped over the Kamichu Royal Orchard. The orchard covering an area of 14.357 acres includes fruit trees such as mango, avocado, banana, gooseberry, guava, custard apple, litchi, mandarin and pomegranate. During discussion, Lyonpo suggested to revisit the orchard plan for improvement.
Enroute to Dagana on October 14, Lyonpo stopped over the Kamichu Royal Orchard. The orchard covering an area of 14.357 acres includes fruit trees such as mango, avocado, banana, gooseberry, guava, custard apple, litchi, mandarin and pomegranate. During discussion, Lyonpo suggested to revisit the orchard plan for improvement.

At Thangna, Drujeygang geog in Dagana, Lyonpo visited the citrus orchard belonging to Aum Makhom where drip irrigation was initiated for 165 trees in 2014. According to the owner, the irrigated trees have good yield as compared to the non-irrigated ones and also looks healthy with less pest infection. Lyonpo also visited the geog Sanam Tshongkang and RNR centre.
At Thangna, Drujeygang geog in Dagana, Lyonpo visited the citrus orchard belonging to Aum Makhom where drip irrigation was initiated for 165 trees in 2014. According to the owner, the irrigated trees have good yield as compared to the non-irrigated ones and also looks healthy with less pest infection. Lyonpo also visited the geog Sanam Tshongkang and RNR centre.

At the Forest Range Office in Drujeygang, Lyonpo met officer in-charge and other staff. The office earlier known as the Beat Office started functioning as the Range Office from January 2017. With 12 staff strength, it looks after the four geogs of Khebisa, Drujeygang, Tshangkha and Largyab. During the visit, the team felt the need to improve office infrastructure to provide better working environment for staff.
At the Forest Range Office in Drujeygang, Lyonpo met officer in-charge and other staff. The office earlier known as the Beat Office started functioning as the Range Office from January 2017. With 12 staff strength, it looks after the four geogs of Khebisa, Drujeygang, Tshangkha and Largyab. During the visit, the team felt the need to improve office infrastructure to provide better working environment for staff.

 

 

Lyonpo and the team visited a chili field of Lain Bdr. Rai in Tashiding geog, Dagana. The Department of Agriculture has initiated the chili cultivation in the geog as a part of the winter vegetables for the first time. Around 24 households have planted early chili covering an area of 41.6 decimals each. According to the agriculture extension officer, the chili will be harvested in December. Lyonpo also met with chili farmers and expressed his appreciation for taking up the activity which will help substitute import.
Lyonpo and the team visited a chili field of Lain Bdr. Rai in Tashiding geog, Dagana. The Department of Agriculture has initiated the chili cultivation in the geog as a part of the winter vegetables for the first time. Around 24 households have planted early chili covering an area of 41.6 decimals each. According to the agriculture extension officer, the chili will be harvested in December. Lyonpo also met with chili farmers and expressed his appreciation for taking up the activity which will help substitute import.
On October 15, Lyonpo along with the Director for the Department of Agriculture visited the Citrus Commercial Farm under Kana geog in Dagana to see the potential and way forward for improvement. Under the guidance of the Ministry, the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited initiated the citrus plantation in the farm covering 101 acres of areas. A total of 15000 citrus saplings have been planted in November 2016. Besides, chilies and beans have been planted. The farm is also planning to work towards winter vegetables.
On October 15, Lyonpo along with the Director for the Department of Agriculture visited the Citrus Commercial Farm under Kana geog in Dagana to see the potential and way forward for improvement.
Under the guidance of the Ministry, the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited initiated the citrus plantation in the farm covering 101 acres of areas. A total of 15000 citrus saplings have been planted in November 2016. Besides, chilies and beans have been planted. The farm is also planning to work towards winter vegetables.

 

Following the World Food Day, Lyonpo visited the orchard of the Damphu Central School. Being a member of the School Agriculture Program (SAP), the school orchard covering an area of more than 54 acres grows varieties of fruits and vegetables such as orange, kiwi, cardamom, cabbage, radish, pumpkin and beans among others. The school also has dairy, poultry, piggery and fishery to supplement nutrition to the school mess. According to the school focal agriculture teacher, there are around 369 students in the SAP club who are benefited with skills and knowledge on Effective Microorganisms technology through orchard. The school bagged the best SAP farm awards on World Food Day this year.
Following the World Food Day, Lyonpo visited the orchard of the Damphu Central School. Being a member of the School Agriculture Program (SAP), the school orchard covering an area of more than 54 acres grows varieties of fruits and vegetables such as orange, kiwi, cardamom, cabbage, radish, pumpkin and beans among others. The school also has dairy, poultry, piggery and fishery to supplement nutrition to the school mess.
According to the school focal agriculture teacher, there are around 369 students in the SAP club who are benefited with skills and knowledge on Effective Microorganisms technology through orchard. The school bagged the best SAP farm awards on World Food Day this year.

On October 17, Lyonpo and the team visited the winter chili plantation sites at the Tashi Yangzong chiwog in Kilkorthang geog. Three varieties of chili such as Pam, SV2319HA and FHP-4884 have been planted there starting August. Fifteen interested farmers have been identified on a trial basis to grow the early chili in 5 acres of lands. The chilies are expected to be ready in December.
On October 17, Lyonpo and the team visited the winter chili plantation sites at the Tashi Yangzong chiwog in Kilkorthang geog. Three varieties of chili such as Pam, SV2319HA and FHP-4884 have been planted there starting August. Fifteen interested farmers have been identified on a trial basis to grow the early chili in 5 acres of lands. The chilies are expected to be ready in December.

On the way back to Thimphu on October 17, Lyonpo paid a visit to the papaya plantation site at the Baychu Royal Orchard. Two varieties namely, Thai and Indian have been planted there covering around 25 decimal of areas. The orchard with an area of 21.386 acres of land also grows fruit trees such as mango, plum, papaya, gooseberry, guava, avocado, litchi and jackfruit. Besides, the orchard includes 28 nos. of dragon fruits.
On the way back to Thimphu on October 17, Lyonpo paid a visit to the papaya plantation site at the Baychu Royal Orchard. Two varieties namely, Thai and Indian have been planted there covering around 25 decimal of areas. The orchard with an area of 21.386 acres of land also grows fruit trees such as mango, plum, papaya, gooseberry, guava, avocado, litchi and jackfruit. Besides, the orchard includes 28 nos. of dragon fruits.

 Following the Baychu visit, Lyonpo headed off to see the pepino plantation site at Chimipang. Pepino is a sweet fruit that is related to tomatoes and eggplant. It tastes like a mix of a cucumber and a honeydew melon. According to a spokesperson, 2000 saplings of pepnio were planted in August 2016 covering an area of 25 decimals which provided around 460 kgs of harvest. He added that the cultivation is still under observation.

Following the Baychu visit, Lyonpo headed off to see the pepino plantation site at Chimipang. Pepino is a sweet fruit that is related to tomatoes and eggplant. It tastes like a mix of a cucumber and a honeydew melon. According to a spokesperson, 2000 saplings of pepnio were planted in August 2016 covering an area of 25 decimals which provided around 460 kgs of harvest. He added that the cultivation is still under observation.

 

-ICTD

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