16-19 March, Punakha: Agriculture officials are attending the 4th Agriculture Research Coordination Meeting (ARCM) in Punakha. Stipulated in the Agriculture Research Strategy, the ARCM is an important forum of the Department of Agriculture to plan, review and endorse annual research activities proposed by the Agriculture Research and Development Centres and Central Programs of the department. Emerging issues in the agriculture sector and key research priorities will also be deliberated besides being informed on key research findings.
The Director, Department of Agriculture, Aum Kinlay Tshering in her opening remarks stressed the importance of coming together towards a common goal of enhancing food and nutritional security for the country. Further, she reiterated the significance of proper planning to achieve vegetable self-sufficiency as well as the importance of innovation as the core basis for planning agriculture development in order to attract youths and transform agriculture as a prospective farming enterprise. Citing hydroponics as an example, she stressed on different innovations that are the need of the hour, and to pursue and take our development course beyond the usual treaded “business as usual track.”
The researchers from Agriculture Research and Development Centre, Samtenling participated and presented their technical papers in the meeting virtually. In pursuit of the department’s goal of adopting more climate smart technologies, the forum also launched the Agromet Decision Support System (ADSS). The ADSS forms an integral part of the Agrometeorology Program of the department, and was also launched by the director while opening the 4-day program. The development of the web portal was funded by the Hydromet Services and Disaster Resilience Regional Project of the World Bank.
Lakey and Tshering Wangchen, ARED, DoA