Stu­dents at­tend farm mech­a­niza­tion train­ing

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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.

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