The National Citrus Program, Department of Agriculture (DOA), organized a two-day training program on nursery irrigation management in Thimphu from 21-22 April 2016 with the financial support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the EU RNR SSP. The training is being put together as part of the ongoing ACIAR Citrus Project “Adapting Integrated Crop Management Technologies to Commercial Citrus Enterprises in Bhutan and Australia”.
The training workshop titled “Plant Nursery Irrigation Management – a Waterwork Professional Development Workshop” was delivered specifically by a consultant from Irrigation Australia (Mr William Yiasoumi) who was fielded by the ACIAR Project counterparts in New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Australia. Irrigation engineers and agriculture professionals from the Department of Agriculture’s central agencies and Research & Development Centers attended the 2-day intensive program that also involved practical sessions at the Floriculture and Amenity Landscape Centre in Dechenchholing.
As part of the program, the visiting Australian project counterparts also ran a two-day training program on “Irrigation and Soil Management Course” at the Research & Development Center (Wengkhar) from 26-27 April 2016. It was attended by 26 researchers from the Department and extension officers from selected citrus growing districts in the east.
The program involved theoretical and field sessions. Mr Jeremy Alexander Giddings from the NSW DPI, Australia was the resource personnel, and was supported by the ACIAR Project Leader, Mr Graeme Paul Sanderson. The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries, Australia is the direct implementing partner of the ongoing citrus project with Bhutan.
Report and Photos by Lakey, ACIAR Bhutan Project Leader & Coordinator (National Citrus Program)
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