Stu­dents field trip to the in­te­grated agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy farm at Wang­sisina

Bhutan Times - - Home - ( Com­piled and photo by: Choidup Zangpo, ICS, MoA& F)

Over 100 stu­dents from 19 dif­fer­ent mid­dle sec­ondary and higher sec­ondary schools of Thim­phu and Paro Dzongkhag made a study tour to the in­te­grated agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy farm at Wang­sisina un­der Thim­phu Dzongkhag on 7th of May, 2016. The IATF in Wang Sisina un­der Me­wang Ge­wog was con­cep­tu­al­ized and given its present form by the Thim­phu Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2014. What was ini­tially an ex­panse of dry and rugged gov­ern­ment land mea­sur­ing up to 28 acres is now a mix of arable farm land and pleas­ant green­ery dot­ted with fea­tures of amenity and re­cre­ational land­scape. The farm also has on dis­play a series of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies on in­te­grated farm­ing. These col­lec­tions of var­ied and im­proved farm­ing con­cepts are show­cased to not only help max­i­mize op­ti­mum pro­duc­tion from lim­ited re­sources, but also to em­power farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in adopt­ing prac­tices that mit­i­gate en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges through sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture pro­duc­tion sys­tems. This tour was ba­si­cally on rec­om­men­da­tion and sup­port ren­dered by min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture dur­ing his in­vi­ta­tion as chief guest to the sci­ence ex­hi­bi­tion at Khasadrapchu MSS. An ex­hi­bi­tion was on the theme “Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy for Food Se­cu­rity.” The Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Forests, Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji, felt that the visit to the IAT Farm was very much rel­e­vant for the stu­dents and the teachers to prac­ti­cally see and ex­pe­ri­ence var­i­ous im­proved hor­ti­cul­tural tech­nolo­gies and cli­mate smart agri­cul­ture ac­tiv­i­ties show­cased at the farm. The op­por­tu­nity for such a visit to the farm had im­mensely ben­e­fited the teacher and stu­dents par­tic­i­pants as seen from the con­fi­dence in what­ever ex­hibits they have show­cased in the ex­hi­bi­tion and as it was very much rel­e­vant to the theme. Such kinds of hands-on-ex­pe­ri­ence field trip is use­ful for all the school stu­dents to in­spire them­selves by walk­ing the talk on what they are learn­ing in their sci­ence cur­ricu­lum. The DEO of Thim­phu Dzongkhag said, “The op­por­tu­nity to visit the IAT farm for stu­dents and teacher par­tic­i­pants has had a huge learn­ing im­pact. Sim­i­lar kinds of op­por­tu­nity for other stu­dents from across the coun­try should be en­cour­aged with close sup­port from the Dzongkhag Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests.”

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