• CNR Summer School 2018 (re-announcement)

    When should a farmer purchase or better lease a powertiller? What is the profitability of building a new greenhouse? How does this thing called “depreciation” really work? How can we estimate the value of a cardamom orchard and what is the value of insects’ pollination services? And what about the government intervening in markets? Should we subsidize farmers for reasons of food self-sufficiency? And is landscape preservation another valid argument? Maybe tourists are willing to pay for it?

    So many questions – and one summer school tackling these issues! To learn more about the foundations and methods of agricultural economics relevant to the issues above, register now for the 2018 CNR summer school! The summer school takes place on the CNR Lobesa campus from 02nd of July to 20th of July 2018 and consists of three week-long workshops:

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  • Vacancy announcement

    The National Mushroom Centre, Wangchutaba, is pleased to invite applications from the interested Bhutanese nationals’ for the following post:

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    1Care taker1 
    2Farm Attendant5 

    The applicant fulfilling the following criteria should submit an application to Program Director, NMC, Wangchutaba along with following documents, not later than 17th August 2018. Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the selection interview which will be conducted at the earliest. Continue reading  Post ID 9199

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  • Manual on Paddy Yield Estimation

    Paddy is one of the most important cereal crops in Bhutan. Hence reliable statistics on its annual production and its trend over the years is important for informed decision making, from food security view point.

    Paddy production is commonly estimated from survey interview of farmers relying on their recall accuracy. However, recall is often wrought with high-non sampling error, particularly if the survey is conducted many months after the harvest. In such circumstances, it may be wise to compute production as a function of harvested area multiplied by yield. Harvested area is much easier to remember by farmers or it can even be measured anytime by the enumerator. With regard to yield estimation, here is where the usefulness of crop-cut experiments come in.

    The MoAF is thus very pleased to come out with the manual titled ‘Paddy Yield Estimation in Bhutan’ for use in the field. This manual comprehensively describes the probability sampling procedures required to be followed thus allowing us to make good estimates with measure of sampling error for every paddy growing Dzongkhag.

    The manual has been developed in close consultation with the agriculture sectors and with support from FAO.

    To download the soft copy of the manual, please click here.

    -RSD

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