Climate Smart Agriculture Program in Zhemgang Dzongkhag
The Royal Society for Protection of Nature has been implementing REDD+ Readiness community capacity building project in Zhemgang since last quarter of 2017. The project is funded through Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), World Bank. Currently RSPN is implementing phase IV REDD+ readiness capacity building project. The current project on “Empower small scale Bhutanese farmers to increase crop yields and sustainable livelihoods through climate smart agriculture approaches” supports four women’s groups of Kikhar, Tali and Dakpay under Nangkhor Gewog and Berti and Takabi under Trong Gewog in Zhemgang Dzongkhag.
Zhemgang Field Office under Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood Division in collaboration with the Gewog Agriculture Extensions and Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector of Zhemgang implemented 4 days training and awareness program in above mentioned four villages with the objectives to create sensitization on REDD+ readiness program and to build capacity on climate smart agro-ecological farming approaches.
On the first day, participants were sensitized on climate change and REDD readiness program in Bhutan. Subsequent days were allocated for the hands-on training on climate smart agriculture programs by the Agriculture Extension. Participants were trained on Organic agriculture approach, seed production and nursery raising, soil fertility and pest management and natural resource management. The awareness and training program have benefitted 96 (15 M, 81 F) participants in 4 villages. Additionally, the project also supports Poly-house, green-nets, mulching plastics, vegetable seeds and agriculture tools to all the beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries by Gender
The global pandemic has hit Bhutan’s economy. Government of the day is emphasizing on food self-sufficiency through vigorous agriculture program across the country. The district government has urge people to take opportunity of situation through domestic crop production as import from neighbouring India has sharply reduced and likely to be extended due to increasing COVID-19 cases in India. Therefore, the current training and support program has highly benefited the district and more importantly the beneficiary communities. During the training, the norms of social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing hands were highly encouraged to the participants as a COVID-19 preventive measures.