16-20 July, Samtse: RDC Bajo, in partnership with the Department of Agricultural and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC) conducted a five days Training of Trainers (ToT) on farmers group/cooperative formation for the extension agents of Samtse and Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags from 16 to 20 July 2014 at the Samtse Geog Extension Centre. The training was designed so as to help the field colleagues in the dzongkhags to gain an in-depth understanding regarding groups and cooperatives formations. The resource persons for the training were from DAMC and RDC Bajo. With the launch of the rice commercialisation program, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has initiated formation of many farmers groups in the potential rice growing areas. Twenty two extension personnel have attended the training which had the following broad objectives of Agricultural Cooperatives/groups:
- Develop a strong and sustainable agricultural groups/cooperatives,
- Improve economic and social status of farmers,
- Provide service to members
- Contribute to the development of rural economy and rural community and contribute to the national economy
The course contents broadly covered a) Generalities of Farmers groups and Cooperatives b) Group formation and Development strategy c) Defining By-laws and constitutions, d)Act and regulations e)Benefits of registration f) Linkages and roles of stakeholders and registration procedures. The training was a part of DoA’s efforts to enhance production and productivity in the country. The training was funded by DRDP.
Reported by : Cheku Dorji RDC Bajo
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