December 4, Paro: The first batch of 15 students from the Technical Training Institute, Chumey joined the Agriculture Machinery Centre (AMC) yesterday for a three month long farm machinery mechanic course under the newly developed programme.
Wangdue: The baseline survey which was conducted in four targeted Dzongkhags of Dagana, Tsirang, Punakha and Wangdue in 2016 was formally launched by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, JICA Chief Representative and Officer In-Charge (IHPP-JICA), Japan during the 2nd Joint Coordination Committee Meeting held at the Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) Bajo on December 1.
The main aim of the baseline survey was to establish a starting point to assess the impact of the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (IHPP) on the livelihood farming communities and Bhutanese stakeholders. It was also conducted to gain a deeper understanding of existing agriculture scenarios and to comprehend food security and vulnerability that will help identifying the root cause and patterns of innovation adoption in agriculture.
Ensuring safe and efficient farm machinery through standards endorsement and testing of farm machinery and recommending the same to end users is one of three major mandates of Agriculture Machinery Centre. After intensive awareness on importance of the standards and benefits it has for both the business community and end users, the request to test the farm machinery are pouring in from both public and private firms and which is indeed a positive trend. A few of the activities conducted in the month of November is shared.
This month, a reaper machine from Sonam Dongphel dealer was tested based on the MoAF standards in ARDC Bajo fields after completing the formal signing agreement. Also the Indonesian made reaper of FMCL is also being tested in ARDC, Samteling field in south and completed today. Also based on the request from FMCL, Mitsubishi power tiller is being tested and the engine performance issue shall be tabled in the upcoming BSB TC meeting. A daily tests on engine performance for different petrol engines was conducted along with JICA expert support through the SfaMP-II, project of AMC, JICA for duration of 3 weeks in this month.
Training and awareness programmes for farm mechanisation is one of the three major mandates of the Agriculture Machinery Centre at Paro. In pursuance of employment generation and also drudgery reduction in agricultural practices, a few training activities conducted in the month of November are being shared.
The standard one month long power tiller maintenance and operation trainings were conducted for 5 trainees in Paro and 9 trainees in AMC office, Khangma respectively and certificated issued upon the successful completion of the training today. Also 12 trainees are undergoing the tractor training in AMC office, Samtenling from November 16 onwards which is for a period of two months.
December 1, Thimphu: 23 officials who had been invited to Thimphu from the remote parts of the country completed a month long RNR Professional Development Programme. The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji awarded them certificates today.