21st July, 2016, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan and the Delegation of the European Union for Bhutan have launched the Operational Programme Estimate for Technical Cooperation Project in Support of the Renewable Natural Resources Sector (EUTCP) financed by the European Union.
The EUTCP is a Nu.340 Million (Euro 4.6 million) project which will strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) to achieve its objectives of the current, 11th Five Year Plan. Under this plan, the Ministry plays a key role in improving the livelihood in rural areas, ensure food security, and alleviate poverty in the country.
The launch was graced by His Excellency, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan. The Minister said “Human Resources play a crucial role in achieving and delivering the goals and objectives of the RNR Sector and I am very hopeful that the Project would go a long way in enhancing the capacities and skills of the officials under the thankful to EU for this support”.
On the side of the EU, Dr. Johann Hesse, and Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Bhutan said “The EU is pleased that this project is now taking off. I am sure the project will make a useful contribution to the efforts of the Royal Government of Bhutan in raising the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry and improve the livelihood of producers, especially in rural areas. We are very confident that this project will bring good results for the people of Bhutan.”.
The activities of this project include a variety of technical trainings both within Bhutan and abroad. Over a period of about 2 years, approximately about 1000 officials under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests will benefit from the project. The capacity building includes areas such as crop production, horticulture, animal husbandry, forest management and climate change resilient production technologies.
The Project complements other support provided by the EU envisaged to start later this year, including a new program in support of the renewable natural resources sector (1589 Million Ngultrum, i.e. 21.5 million Euro), and a new program in support of local government (1478 million Ngultrum, i.e. 20 million Euro)
Submitted by: PPD, MoAF
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