Digitizing Bhutanese Agriculture

Bhutan’s e-RNR masterplan 2016 recognizes the critical role of ICT in the renewable natural resources sector (agriculture, livestock & forestry) and envisages an enhanced sustainable growth of RNR through the use of ICTs by 2023 for equitable socio-economic well-being of the people and the country. Access to the right information, at the right time is crucial to make informed decisions for everyone engaged in the agriculture sector. Hence the Department of Agriculture (DoA) is looking for digital transformation opportunities to address the challenges faced by farming communities through innovative IT solutions.

DoA is working with UN country office,  UNDP Global team (Singapore) and Agritask to pilot potential digital solutions in the country. Although Agritask offers a number of solutions ranging from agronomy to value addition, only few solutions will be piloted in the country at a small scale to kick start and later upscaled. Officials from the National Plant Protection Centre and National Soil Services Centre participated in the brainstorming session today. The potential solutions will be further deliberated and identified next week.

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Vacancy announcement for Project Coordinator

Vacancy for Project Coordinator for the project “Consortium for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia“.

Please click here for the Terms of Reference and Application Form

The eligibility criteria, prescribed Application Form and other details can also be downloaded from SAC’s website www.sac.org.bd. For further information, kindly contact Director, SAC (director@sac.org.bd) or Mr. Kinzang Gyeltshen, Senior Program Specialist (NRM) at email ID. kingyel@hotmail.com.

The deadline for submission of application is 04 March, 2021.

 

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e-RNR Crop Advisory: A one stop platform for farming

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has come up with an e-RNR Crop Advisory, a mobile app targeting the Bhutanese youths to help them take up farming for their livelihoods.

The app is an easy platform to disseminate information on know-how of growing agricultural crops through textual, picture and video contents.

The app currently hosts farming information on four crops such as tomato, chilli, cabbage and cauliflower highlighting how to grow them starting from nursery management to harvesting. More crop information will be added in the coming time.

The app, the first of its kind in the Ministry will play an important role in encouraging our people, particularly youths to take up farming. The Ministry is putting up a concerted effort to encourage people to produce more and contribute towards the import substitution of agriculture products.

With COVID-19 pandemic situation, the app comes as a rescue to many interested individuals who want to grow vegetables and make a difference in their own little way.

The content for the app is developed by the Information and Communication Technology Division in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Research Development Centres at Yusipang, Bajo and Wengkhar with funds from EU-TACS.  The technical support for the app was provided by Sunrise Computer Software Pvt. Ltd in Pune, India.

The crop advisory app is available on Google play store for download and works only on Android phones for now. For others, the multimedia content (text and video) can be accessed on the Ministry’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/MoafGovBt

Please click the link to know how to install the App https://youtu.be/16VQAUcjfVw

If you encounter any issue during the App installation, please contact ICTD at Tel. No. 323765/321142/321311

 

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Editorial Board and Review Meeting of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture successfully concluded the Editorial Board and Review meeting for the Fourth Volume (Vol IV) Issue One, of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture on 17 November 2020.  The sitting discussed changes in the Editorial Board Members as well as completed detailed deliberations on the manuscripts reviewed for the forthcoming issue of the journal.
 
During the meeting, the Board also unanimously elected Dr. Yadunath Bajgai (Specialist, National Centre for Organic Agriculture – Yusipang) as the Editor-in-Chief while offering their heartfelt gratitude to the out-going Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Mahesh Ghimiray (ARDC-Bajo). The Department and the BJA Editorial Board remain indebted for his services and valuable contributions. The meeting also nominated and endorsed additional members to the Editorial Board.
The DoA and the Board also extend their sincere gratitude to Mr. Tirtha Bdr Katwal (Specialist) for his services as a Board Member for the last three years. Mr. Tirtha Katwal stood down from the Board in view of his new role as the Program Director of the NCOA – Yusipang.
  Contributed by Mr. Lakey, ARED
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