Awareness and training on “Bhutan standard for Good Agricultural Practices: Fruits and Vegetables”

1-2 March, Punakha: Eight farmers of Genekha, Phobji and Gangtey, Nahi and Talo of Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu Dzongkhags along with the agriculture extension supervisors of these gewogs and BAFRA Inspectors of Wangdue, Punakha and Thimphu are attending an awareness training on Bhutan Standard for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): Fruits and Vegetables. Resource Persons are the GAP Focal Officer from the Department of Agriculture, BAFRA-HQ and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Read more

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Release of Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA) Volume 4, Issue I (2021)

The Department of Agriculture released the fourth volume of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA), Issue 1. The Department would like to thank all the authors, reviewers and the editorial board members for their valuable contribution and for putting in extra effort to publish this edition successfully. Read more

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Agriculture Land Development in Langthel Gewog, Trongsa Dzongkhag

Figure 1: Bench terracing at Wangling village

Agriculture sector is the main driver of food self-sufficiency and sustainable development in Bhutan. Of the country’s total geographical area, only about 3 percent is arable land. In view with this, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has identified agriculture land development as one of the priority programs in the 12th Five Year Plan. Being located in the mountainous regions with steep slopes and rugged topography along with climate frequent natural disasters makes agriculture farming difficult in the country. To this end, sustainable land management and development is one of the adaptation measures to address these issues.

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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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