• EU supports capacity development   

    Ten officials from the Ministry’s Agriculture Research and Development Centres based at Yusipang, Bajo and Wengkhar and ICTD are attending a training on Agricultural Content Communications Application for Use on Mobile Phones. It is aimed at enhancing their capacity in content development (audio visual programs) and content management for a mobile application.

    The training is being conducted from 6-19 January at the Sunrise Training Institute, Pune, India with the funding support from the EU-TCP and EU-Technical Assistance Complementary Support (EU-TACS).

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  • Cattle show at Samdingkha, Toedwang Gewog under Punakha Dzongkhag

    The Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Punakha organized cattle show at Samdingkha under Toedwang Gewog on 10th January 2020. The event was graced by Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandin Dorji in the presence of Dasho Dzongdag, Dasho Dzongrab and invited guests from Dzongkhag and Gewog Administration Chhubu and Toedwang Gewogs. Close to 250 dairy farmers from Chhubu and Toedwang Gewogs took part in the show.

    The event was aimed to encourage farmers to keep high yielding and higher longevity dairy cattle for the sustainable dairy value chain in the Dzongkhag. The panel of judges evaluated and ranked around 150 jersey cattle above 50% blood inheritance gathered during the show. The Regional Livestock Development Centre, Wangdue also took an opportunity to exhibit Azolla technology, improved beekeeping, animal health and sales of livestock products. Quiz competition was also held among four dairy farmer groups of Dzomi, Guma, Kabisa and Toedwang Gewogs as an attempt to share knowledge, skills and abilities on livestock husbandry practices to the farmers gathered.

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  • Diversifying Potato-Based Cropping System with Quinoa

    Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) has been a priority crop for the Department of Agriculture ever since its introduction in 2015 due to its high nutritional value and ability to adapt to marginal environments. Besides contributing to the   national objective of food and nutritional security, one of the objectives of promoting quinoa is to diversify farmers existing traditional cropping system by adapting this versatile and a climate resilient crop..

    The cultivation of quinoa as a second crop after the harvest of potato has been successfully demonstrated and adapted at Lobneykha village under Chapcha Geog of Chhukha Dzongkhag.  Lobnekha village is located at an elevation of 2700 masl and potato is the main  crop grown in the village besides other vegetables like radish, carrot, cabbage, spinach and chilli. A total of 27 households cultivated quinoa in 2019 after they were convinced that the crop  can be successfully cultivated after potato harvest.

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