4-6 September (Mongar), 8-10 September (Samdrup Jongkhar), 2015: The Training of Trainers (TOT) on the utilisation of Bio-slurry for Agricultural purposes for Geog Agricultural Extension Officials from three Eastern Dzongkhags was conducted by the National Organic Programme (NOP) under the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Bhutan Bio-gas Project under the Department of Livestock. This training programme was funded by the SNV, Bhutan. A total of 30 Geog Agricultural Extension Officials were trained with 13 participants from Mongar, 8 from Pemagatshel and 9 from Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag.
The basic objective of this training program was to promote the effective utilisation of bio-slurry for increasing agricultural production through capacity building of Geog Agricultural Extension Officials in the five Eastern Dzongkhags under the Bhutan Bio-gas Project. The trained Extension Officials are expected to further train the farmers and carry out planning exercise for the establishment of demonstration plots in farmer’s field, which will be used for the dissemination of knowledge on the use of bio-slurry in respective geogs.
Bio-slurry is a by-product of Bio-gas production which is formed as a result of an anaerobic fermentation of organic materials such as cow dung inside the Bio-gas digester. The residue of the fermentation comes out as a sludge which is known as digested bio-slurry. The Bio-slurry discharged from the digester retains all nutrients originally present in the feeding material which makes it a potential organic fertiliser. It provides a viable answer to nutrient depletion of many agricultural soils in developing countries. Bio-slurry can be applied as a fresh application after dilution with water, can be composted with some organic bio-mass, carry out seed treatments and make foliar sprays for some pest and disease control.
The NOP is shortly planning to organise similar training programs for the Geog Agriculture Extension Officials of Trashigang and Trashiyangtse Dzongkhags.
- Submitted by the National Organic Programme, DoA
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