Publication of Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA) Volume 5, Issue I (2022)

The Department of Agriculture is pleased to release the fifth volume of the Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA), Issue 1. The Department would like to thank all the authors, reviewers and editorial board members for their valuable contribution and for putting in extra effort to publish this edition successfully.

This volume comprises 16 interesting articles that involve research and findings on a range of subjects from crop germplasm evaluation, and testing of the innovations for our most sought-after clients – the farmers, to postharvest processing. Engaging research findings on rice, maize, finger millet, buckwheat, adzuki bean, dill, tomato, kiwi-fruit, citrus and apple that reflect the innovation, enthusiasm and hard work of our researchers are also covered.  With innovation from the AMC, farmers can now maneuver power-tillers up to 20 degrees gradient to mechanize more land for food production. For automation enthusiasts – a remote monitoring and control system for hydroponic may make for an exciting read.

The journal is published by the Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED), Department of Agriculture. We are also in the process of registering our journal for DoI and we hope to have a membership subscription for BJA and DoIs for its content including back issues soon.

Click here for BJA Volume 5 Issue 1.  The open access to BJA is also available at www.bja.gov.bt

We wish you happy reading!

Release of Vegetable Research and Development Strategy 2023-2027

The publication titled ‘ Vegetable Research and Development Strategy 2023-2027’ was released and it is now available for download from the ‘Publication’ link of the DoA Website or at http://www.doa.gov.bt/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/VEGETABLE-RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT-STRATEGY-2023-2027.pdf

De-suung National Service: A Million Fruit Tree Plantation Project

Inspired by His Majesty’s vision, the De-suung National Service in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is undertaking “A Million Fruit Tree Plantation Project” in Bhutan. This project was launched on 15th March 2022 at Yusipang, Thimphu Dzongkhag by Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests.

This initiative will help 140,827 rural farming households throughout the country to plant at least one million fruit trees. Its objective is to introduce technically suitable diverse high-value fruit crops to enhance the income of rural households. 22 assorted fruits have been selected.

The program will also skill De-suups in fruit crop management. The 233 De-suups who have been trained in land preparation for fruit tree plantation and management will now lead 1,334 De-suups for planting 439,804 temperate fruit trees and 1,991 De-suups for planting 560,495 subtropical fruit saplings.  Read more

Promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Bhutan

As food safety issues are increasing around the world, the consumers are demanding safer and healthy food. Consumers are now more aware of the negative impacts on our health from consumption of produces with high chemical content consequential from unregulated use of pesticides and other chemicals. Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) is one of the agriculture production systems which ensures quality and safety of the produce.  Good Agriculture Practices, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are a “Collection of principles to apply for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agricultural products, while taking into account economic, social and environmental sustainability”. The GAP supports the Department of Agriculture’s long-term goal of commodity focused commercialization drive and pursuit of enterprise development in agriculture through unlocking barriers in international trade besides providing safer food in local market. Read more

Re-announcement of vacancy for the post of Advisor

VACANCY Re-ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to announce vacancy for the post of Advisor to the Department of Agriculture as detailed below:

Sl.No Position Title and Level Qualification Agency No. of Slot Super Structure
1 Advisor

(ES3-ES1)

M. Sc in

Relevant field

Department of Agriculture, Head Quarter  

1

Technical Services

Interested in-service civil servants within the same superstructure who meet the eligibility criteria may submit application to HRD, DoA or email at tyangtsho@moaf.gov.bt along with the following documents latest by March 2, 2022.

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Valid Audit Clearance
3. Valid Security Clearance
4. Medical Certificate.

For any queries, please contact at 17478676/332510 during office hours.

HRD,MoAF

Announcement

The Department of Agriculture (DoA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with financial support of FAO for intensive vegetable production program to ease the post COVID-19 situation, offers gardening space to groups of laid-off youths interested in farming. Some space is still available at Changtagang, Kawang geog, Thimphu.  Technical and financial supports provided by DoA.

Genuinely interested youths of five members may apply immediately for space allocation for limited space to raibb@yahoo.com or bbrai@moaf.gov.bt or call 17607471 during working hours.

World Soil Day, 5 December 2021

The World Soil Day is an annual event observed on 5 December to reiterate the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) made a recommendation to celebrate an international day on soil in 2002.  FAO has supported the formal establishment of WSD as a global awareness raising platform under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership. The FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day in June 2013 and requested its official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly responded by designating 5 December 2014 as the first official World Soil Day. Read more

Notice Inviting Tender

The project management unit (PMU), Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP) invites sealed bids for the supply of 1) 𝑫𝒓𝒊𝒑 𝑰𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒆𝒕𝒔, 2) 𝑺𝒊𝒍𝒑𝒂𝒖𝒍𝒊𝒏 𝑷𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝑳𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒔 and 3) 𝑴𝒖𝒍𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄 to 5 project Dzongkhags (𝑪𝒉𝒉𝒖𝒌𝒉𝒂, 𝑫𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒂, 𝑯𝒂𝒂, 𝑺𝒂𝒎𝒕𝒔𝒆 & 𝑺𝒂𝒓𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒈). Click here for the tender document. Bids shall be accepted till 𝟏𝟎:𝟎𝟎𝐀𝐌, 𝟓 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 & shall be opened at 𝟏𝟎:𝟑𝟎𝐀𝐌 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲. For further details and clarifications, contact +𝟵𝟳𝟱-𝟮-𝟯𝟱𝟭𝟬𝟳𝟵 or email at fsapppmu@gmail.com.