Hor­ti­cul­ture farm­ing to be pro­moted in West and Cen­tral re­gion

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With a tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA), the In­te­grated Hor­ti­cul­ture Pro­mo­tion Pro­ject is to be in place for west and cen­tral re­gion. The Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (RDC) Bajo will im­ple­ment the IHPP cov­er­ing four iden­ti­fied Dzongkhags of Wang­due, Pu­nakha, Tsir­ang and Da­gana, which will ben­e­fit the staffs of Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre at Bajo, Mithun sub-cen­tre, its ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers and farm­ers of this four Dzongkhags. The pro­ject comes with the ob­jec­tives to de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nolo­gies by in­tro­duc­ing suit­able cul­ti­vars and de­vel­op­ing hor­ti­cul­ture man­age­ment prac­tices. Fur­ther it is to strengthen the veg­etable seeds and hy­brid fruit seedlings pro­duc­tion at RDC-Bajo and Na­tional Seed Cen­tre, pri­vate nurs­eries, seed grow­ers, train­ing and ex­ten­sion sys­tem in the pro­jected ar­eas. Ac­cord­ing to the Chief Hor­ti­cul­ture Of­fi­cer, Mr. Kin­ley Tsh­er­ing, the pro­ject will up­scale the tech­nolo­gies, sys­tems and hu­man re­sources de­vel­oped by the Hor­ti­cul­ture Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject (HRDP) that has proven suc­cess­ful in the eastern Bhutan. Con­sid­er­ing a huge suc­cess of the JICA sup­ported HRDP in the east, which en­hanced hor­ti­cul­ture farm­ing and farmer’s liv­ing stan­dard, the gov­ern­ment re­quested the JICA to sup­port a sim­i­lar pro­ject for the west-cen­tral re­gion where the higher agri­cul­tural po­ten­tial is ex­pected. Fol­low­ing a se­ries of dis­cus­sions be­tween the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and For­est with JICA, the min­utes of meet­ing has been signed by the Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary, Dasho Ten­zin Dhendup and Mr. Masahiro Tawa, the JICA team leader for the de­tailed plan­ning sur­vey. At the sign­ing, Dasho shared that there is a lot of po­ten­tial on hor­ti­cul­ture and veg­eta­bles farm­ing, due to glob­al­iza­tion and mar­ket­ing en­ter­prises. He also added that the pro­ject will not only en­hance the fruit pro­duc­tion but will also en­sure the proper man­age­ment of or­chards, which ex­cept for ap­ple is least, looked af­ter. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the joint col­lab­o­ra­tion, Mr. Masahiro Tawa, said, “the pro­ject will play an im­por­tant role in im­prov­ing the peo­ple’s liveli­hood and their nu­tri­tional sta­tus.” He added that the pro­ject will also help to re­duce im­port of fruits and veg­eta­bles and act as a sub­sti­tu­tion. In­te­grated Hor­ti­cul­ture Pro­mo­tion Pro­ject is a five year pro­ject and it is to be started from De­cem­ber 2015 and will go on till De­cem­ber 2020. Be­fore the com­mence­ment of pro­ject, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and For­est (MoAF) will sign a record of dis­cus­sions with JICA in the first week of Septem­ber this year.

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