Students attend farm mechanization training
Twenty-five high school students from eastern Bhutan have been undergoing month-long farm mechanization training from 3 January at Khangma office of the Regional Agriculture Machinery Centre (RAMC) in Pemagatshel.
The objective of the training is to underline the importance and benefits of and opportunities in farm mechanization in the agriculture sector.
RAMC aimed to work on improving the curriculum and expects to link the objective of training programs to huge opportunities in the agriculture sector with the Department of Agriculture.
‘Technical Farm Machinery Training’ under the school farm mechanization program is aimed at identifying the scope and opportunities for in farm mechanization and agriculture for the trainees.
An official from RAMC said the trainees would have an opportunity to get employed at FMCL, gewog hiring services or could set up their own enterprises to provide back-up services for farm mechanization in all cor- ners of the country.
The official said the RAMC expects to generate huge, long-term benefits from such programs by linking general and technical schools.
The training consisted of operation and maintenance of different farm machinery, including power tillers.
The training on operation and maintenance of farm machines and farming technologies is provided on a regular basis. The centre also provides
specialized farm mechanization training on the basis of request.
A month-long training program conducted coinciding with the students’ winter vacation to enable the training to engage them fruitfully.
Through the training, AMC expects the individuals to share the knowledge and skills they gained with their families, relatives and village people upon their return to their villages.
RAMC in Khangma maintains adequate facilities to provide farm mechanization services to six eastern dzongkhags.
The regional centers are mandated to provide training to farmers, school dropouts, students and Technical Training Institute (TTI) students free with minimal allowances provided by the government.
Twenty trainees from TTI Khuruthang and 12 from Jakar TTI are undergoing three-month training at AMC in Paro while eight trainees from Dekiling TTI are undergoing the same training at the Samtenling office which will conclude by March.
During the course of three months, the trainees are expected to learn operation and repair of power tillers and design and fabrication of farm machinery equipment.
Currently, there are three types of training under the program that includes the one each for high school students, TTI trainees and the students of the College of Natural Resources.
The training program is expected to be conducted annually every winter.