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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Winner of the MoAF Intra-Ministerial Football Tournament 2020

The DoA FC, representing the Department of Agriculture won the MoAF Intra-Ministerial Football Tournament, Season IV 2020 in the final match played on 1st Nov 2020.The certificates and rolling trophy was awarded to both the winner and runners up teams by the Chief Guest, M/s. Kinlay Tshering, the Director of the Department of Agriculture. The rolling trophy was officially handed over to the Director,DoA. Congratulations to the DoA team for the win and sportsmanship.

 

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