22 August, Paro: The crop intensification and, agriculture commercialisation is accorded high priority by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) to realise the Royal Government’s policy of Food self-sufficiency. The Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC), Department of Agriculture (DoA) in its support towards realising this policy initiated various activities under farm mechanisation.
The Ministry’s initiative of distributing one power tiller to all 205 geogs under the 20 Dzongkhags was started from January 2015 to facilitate farm machines for hiring services to the farmers. In order to provide smooth and reliable hiring services, the geog extension officers (RNR-Staffs) are identified as focal persons and they shall be fully accountable for implementing and providing hiring services within their respective geogs. However, a survey conducted by AMC in six eastern Dzongkhags confirmed that geog extension officers are not confident/skilled enough for implementing and providing hiring services in the geogs.
To enhance the skills of extension officers in implementing the hiring services, AMC started conducting Intensive Training on Farm Mechanisation for extension officers in batches. During the training, the participants have to undertake the training on operation, repair, maintenance of the power tiller and other farm machines, book keeping and management aspects of hiring services.
The 1st batch of this training for extension officers of Mongar and Lhuntse Dzongkhag began from 17 August 2015 for a duration of 12 days which will conclude on 28 August 2015. Similar trainings will be conducted for extension officers of Trashigang and Trashiyangtse from 31August 2015 to 11 September 2015 and Samdrup Jongkhar and Pemagatsel from 14-25 September 2015. AMC is yet to plan such trainings for the remaining Dzongkhags. A total of 24 extension officers are taking part in the 1st batch of training.
- Submitted by AMC
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