A four-day training program on Irrigation Design & Management for Horticultural Crops is being organized in Thimphu from 19-22 May 2014 with the financial support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
The training is being organized by the National Citrus Program, Horticulture Division, Department of Agriculture (DOA) in collaboration with the Engineering Division (DoA). According to Mr. Lakey, the ACIAR Bhutan Project Leader, the training is being put together as part of theongoing ACIAR Citrus Project “Adapting Integrated Crop Management Technologies to Commercial Citrus Enterprises in Bhutan and Australia”.
Mr Jeremy Alexander Giddings from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries and Mr Ashley Lipman from Rural Solutions, Government of South Australia are the resource personnel. They are also supported by Mr Michael Thomas Treeby, also from the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries, Australia is the direct implementing partner of the ongoing citrus project with Bhutan.
A total of 13 engineers are taking part in the training including three engineers from Thimphu Dzongkhag. The training is scheduled to conclude on 22 May 2014.
As part of the project, the visiting Australian project counterparts also ran a two-day training program on “Irrigation and Soil Management Course” at RNR-RDC-Bajo from 13-14 May 2014. It was attended by 15 researchers and extension officers from the Department.
-Reported by Penjor with Photos from Lakey, ACIAR Bhutan Project Leader
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