The present crop-cut methodology adopted across the 20 Dzongkhags is seen to be not uniform, standard and often lacking technical soundness. The selection of the farmers or plots for crop-cut is often done subjectively based on convenience and as such probability concept cannot be applied.
Therefore the ministry, led by RNR Statistics Division (RSD), with technical and financial support from FAO, has recently come up with a standard and technically sound manual that details how crop-cut for paddy and maize should be conducted by the Extension Supervisors in the field.
The manual will soon be rolled out in the coming weeks, starting with a Training of Trainers consisting of Assistant Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers (ADAOs), researchers from the Agriculture Research and Development Centres and even some agriculture faculty members from the CNR since the later churns out future extension workers. The Extension supervisors will then be trained by the respective Dzongkhag ADAOs or researchers.
The adoption of the standard crop-cut manual for paddy and maize is expected to lead to improved quality of crop-cut data for the two most important cereal crops in Bhutan. Quality crop-cut data is very important because it is often used in conjunction with harvested area to raise the sample survey data to derive Gewog, Dzongkhag or national estimates.
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