July 14, Thimphu: A project titled, ‘Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project in the west central region (IHPP)’ to promote horticulture farming will be in place soon with a technical assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Research Development Centre (RDC) Bajo will implement the IHPP covering four identified Dzongkhags of Tsirang, Dagana, Wangdue and Punakha, benefiting the staff of RDC Bajo, Mithun sub-centre, its extension officers and farmers.
According to Ms. Kinley Tshering, the Chief Horticulture Officer, the project will upscale the technologies, systems and human resources developed by the Horticulture Research and Development Project (HRDP) that has proven successful in the east.
The project will developed appropriate technologies by introducing suitable cultivars and developing horticulture management practices. It will further strengthen the vegetable seeds and fruit seedlings production at RDC-Bajo and National Seed Centre, private nurseries, seed growers, training and extension system in the project areas.
Following a series of discussions between the Ministry and JICA, the Minutes of Meeting was signed by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup and the JICA Team Leader for the Detailed Planning Survey Team, Mr. Masahiro Tawa.
At the signing, Dasho shared that there is a lot of potential in horticulture and vegetables farming due to globalisation and marketing enterprises. He added that the project will not only enhance the fruit production but will also ensure the proper management of orchards, which except for apple is least, looked after.
Appreciating the joint collaboration, the Team Leader said that the project will play an important role in improving the peoples’ livelihood and their nutritional status. ‘The project will also help import substitution’, he added.
Considering a huge success of the JICA supported HRDP in the east which enhanced both horticulture farming and farmers’ living standard, the government requested the JICA to support a similar project for the west central region where the higher agricultural potential is expected.
IHPP is a five year project to be started in December 2015 to December 2020. Prior to the project commencement, both parties will sign a Record of Discussions in the first week of September.
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