12-14 June, Thimphu: The Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests organized a three days regional workshop on sustainable intensification of rice based cropping system in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The participants will also consult and validate the project proposal on sustainable Intensification of rice-based cropping systems.
The proposed project focuses on sustainable intensification of rice based cropping systems in coherence to the 12th FYP goal of the RNR sector, which aspires to “achieve food self-sufficiency for a prosperous and self-reliant society living in harmony with nature”.
The project is a three-country initiative, initiated by Hon’ble Lyopo and he believes that such meeting can help unite to a common ground and generate a doable collaborative project. He highlighted “I will personally like to see this project as an exemplary project for attainment of SDG-1 and 2 through regional integration.”
The integration with IRRI, BRRI Bangladesh and NARC Nepal is expected to provide Bhutanese counterparts the opportunities to develop capacities and skills in implementing the project to accomplish higher productivity through sustainable intensification. It is also predicted that a collaborative rice cross breeding and varietal development program will help Bhutanese rice researcher/breeder to develop crop improvement skill. Similarly, such varietal development skills can be initiated for Maize, Wheat, oilseed, grain legumes.
The three-country project will also facilitate to establish network of research, extension and policy makers, which can help IAs to access information and innovative technologies in agriculture.
These three days workshop was funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The opening of the workshop was graced by Hon’ble MoAF Lyonpo and MoAF Secretary. Present in the meeting were also delegates from Bangladesh, Nepal, IRRI South Asian Offcie, CEO of SDF, Assistant FAO Representative-Bhutan and officials from Agriculture Research and Development Centers and Major rice growing Dzongkhags.
–Reported by Tashi Yangzom with pictures by Choidup Zangpo
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