The Department of Agriculture is one of the oldest Government Departments in the country. It was established with the commencement of first five-year plan in 1961. Early activities focused mainly on agriculture and establishment of research stations at Yusipang and Samtenling. During 1990’s and 2000’s, the Department of Agriculture has undergone numerous institutional reorganizations. The name of the institutes and mandates therefore never remained consistent. However over the period of time the human resource and institutional capacity of the Department has been greatly strengthened.
It is unbelievable that tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)) has become a new enterprise and agribusiness for Haa farmers. It all became possible through the partnership between the Haa Organic Farming Support Initiative (HOFSI) and the Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP)
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“Had it not been for the timely support of the Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP), my dream of an educated farmer, and a small agribusiness would have remained a distant dream,” says Ms. Kamana Gurung.
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The Department of Agriculture released the third 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
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The Department of Agriculture is pleased to publish the first edition of Package of Practices (PoP) for major Field and Horticulture Crops of Bhutan.
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