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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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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