December 10-14, Thimphu: A week-long training program on experimental design and data analysis for twenty six agriculture officials from research centres, central programs and division headquarter is underway at Jambayang Resort with fund from FAO-Bhutan.
The Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED) of the Department of Agriculture (DoA) is putting together the program as part of its effort to develop and build a pool of agriculture professionals skilled and competent in fundamentals of applied agriculture research and scientific communication.
The training is being delivered by Ms. Alaine Gulles and Ms. Rose Imee Zhella Morantte, Specialists from the Quantitative Genetics & Biometrics Cluster of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). It will cover statistical concepts, experimental design and data analysis including introduction to and hands-on practice on STAR package. Developed specifically for crop scientists using Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) and R language, STAR is software commonly used in crop research, data management and statistical analyses. It provides a user-friendly graphical interface as opposed to R’s rather challenging in-line command language and structure.
The ARED observes that DoA has not had a single such capacity building program for its official for the last 15 years. Earlier this year in April, August and September, the ARED organised three episodes of an intensive 5-day training program for DoA staff working in ARDCs, central programs and division headquarter. Delivered and run entirely with in-house resource personnel, the program covered a total of 91 agriculture officials and was funded by the Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP).
Submitted by Lakey, ARED, DoA
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