Crop and livestock loss assessment methodology

Agriculture and food security is likely to face one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century with climate crisis. Bhutan is already experiencing crop and livestock loss to unusual outbreaks of pest and diseases, erratic rainfalls, windstorms, hail storms, droughts, flash floods and landslides. However, the information on crop and livestock loss as a result of climate hazards is currently limited. Lead by the Department of Agriculture, we are currently reviewing crop and livestock loss methodologies for consistent tracking, measurement of losses against climate change variability in order to integrate into planning processes. Read more

Agriculture Research and Development Highlights 2020-21

The Department of Agriculture is pleased to bring out its “Annual Research and Development Highlights” for the fiscal year 2020-21. This annual publication is a concise summary of all major achievements made in research and development by Agriculture Research and Development Centres (ARDCs), Central Programs, Commodity Programs and Support Services within the department. It is an attempt to document the department’s progress highlight for the reporting year while also addressing the challenges in pursuit of crop research and production, service delivery, infrastructure establishment and capacity building.

To download, click here Agriculture Research and Development Highlights 2020-2021 (also uploaded under publications)

Call for submission of articles for Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (Volume 5)

The Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture (BJA), Department of Agriculture invites authors to submit research articles for publication in BJA, Volume 5 issue I which will be published by 1st week of February 2022.

The manuscript or articles can be submitted to  A manuscripts submitted to BJA will be deemed acceptable only if they have not been published or not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The last date for manuscripts submission is 30th September 2021.

Contributing authors are reminded to refer the BJA Guideline, available online at to help prepare the manuscripts.


You will always be a guiding star to DoA, Madam Director.

Ms Kinlay Tshering who served in various positions within the department has been transferred as a Director to the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) considering her proficient technical competencies and dedication to work.

Prior to her transfer, she was the Director of the Department of Agriculture. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from the University of London, Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science and a Masters Degree in Horticulture from Melbourne University, Australia. She also holds a number of certificates in leadership courses, most prominent ones being the Senior Executive Leadership Program, Bhutan Executive Services Training, New Leaders Development Program, International Visitors Leadership Program, etc. She started her career as a researcher from the remotest research centre in Bhutan in 1998 and having worked as a researcher for over 12 years, she joined the Department of Agriculture as the Chief Horticulture Officer. In November 2016, she became the first lady Director of the Department of Agriculture. Read more

Notification of new crop varieties

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to notify 15 new crop varieties for cultivation as per the recommendation of the 23rd Variety Release Committee (VRC) meeting and endorsed by the 7th National Seed Board (NSB).

Click here for the list of the notified crop varieties.

Online: Video clips on RNR technologies (Part 2)

IHPP-JICA under ARDC Bajo has come up with more video clips on the latest RNR technologies to disseminate to extension staffs, youth entrepreneurs and farmers among others.

Please visit the following links to get some farming knowledge:

  1. Pruning and training of fruit trees

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Desertification & Drought Day, 17 June 2021.

The National Soil Services Centre under the Department of Agriculture is committed towards transforming degraded land into healthy land and adopting climate resilient pathways. Wishing everyone a happy celebration to combat desertification and drought in order to transform Bhutanese agriculture. Read more

Competency Based Framework for Agriculture Officer

The Department of Agriculture is pleased to publish the Competency Based Framework (CBF) for the Agriculture Officers as per the initiative of the Royal Civil Service Commission(RCSC).The publication is now available at DoA or can be downloaded from this link given here: Competency Based Framework for Agriculture Officer