A Field Day on Im­proved Hor­ti­cul­tural Tech­nolo­gies

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8Septem­ber 2015, Thim­phu: A day long field day on “Im­proved Hor­ti­cul­tural Tech­nolo­gies” was or­ga­nized by the Hor­ti­cul­ture Di­vi­sion, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dzongkhag Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor of Thim­phu Dzongkhag with an ob­jec­tive to show­case the im­proved hor­ti­cul­tural tech­nolo­gies avail­able at the In­te­grated Agri­cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy Farm (AITF) lo­cated at Wang­sisina. The field day was at­tended by hor­ti­cul­ture re­searchers from RNRRDC Bajo and Yusi­pang, Dzongkhag Agri­cul­ture staff and farm­ers of Thim­phu, Paro, Pu­nakha and Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag.

The par­tic­i­pants wit­nessed cli­mate smart low-cost tech­nolo­gies avail­able at the AITF. The tech­nolo­gies dis­played were tomato-brin­jal graft­ing, wa­ter har­vest­ing tech­nol­ogy, mi­cro ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, low-cost poly house con­struc­tion, proper farm lay out and pro­duc­tion meth­ods of other hor­ti­cul­tural crops. The tomato graft­ing tech­nol­ogy although be­ing done on com­mer­cial scale in other coun­tries is first of its kind be­ing prac­ticed in Bhutan. The tech­nol­ogy can min­i­mize prob­lems caused by flood­ing and soil born dis­eases and en­hances pro­duc­tiv­ity by many folds. The re­searchers, field staff and farm­ers in­ter­acted and dis­cussed on how to repli­cate the tech­nolo­gies in their re­spec­tive re­gion and Dzongkhags.

The oc­ca­sion was graced by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and the Dasho Dzongda of Thim­phu Dzongkhag. The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral in his open­ing re­marks high­lighted on im­por­tance of en­hanc­ing pro­duc­tion of hor­ti­cul­tural crops. He said since adop­tion of im­proved hor­ti­cul­tural tech­nolo­gies is very im­por­tant in en­hanc­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and over­all pro­duc­tion of hor­ti­cul­ture crops, the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture through Re­search Cen­tres and Dzongkhag Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor is work­ing hard to pro­mote im­proved crop pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies in the coun­try.

The field day was fol­lowed by the visit to pri­vate com­mer­cial tomato farm es­tab­lished by the Druk Hor­ti­cul­ture Pvt. Ltd.

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