A total of 39 selected farmers from Lumang and Kangpara Gewog embarked on a study tour to Tsirang Dzongkhag from 22-28th April 2014. The study tour themed “Organic agriculture and slope management” was a part of exposure trip for the farmers who will be undergoing various trainings in terms of organic agriculture and slope management in the ongoing project on Sustainable agriculture in villages of Kangpara and Lumang Gewog in Tashigang funded by Norlha, a Swiss based NGO.
The farmers visited the Regional Seed Centre the agriculture research development centre at Bhur. The farmers toured the campus seeing and learning how seeds are propagated, grafting methods and seedling plantation methods. The visit enabled the farmers to understand how improved seeds and breeds of animals were selected and tested accordingly. Farmers also saw the bamboo propagation site, where they learned how to properly harvest bamboo and bamboo plantation methods.
At Tsirang farmers visited the local Dhajy village and interacted with the local farmers who practice organic agriculture. Farmers also visited the land management site at Salamji, which is one of the best examples of land management practice site in Bhutan. Here farmers saw the different techniques and approaches used to conserve soil, land and its nutrient. Other activities included talks from the officials and local farmers of the study tour area, visits to demonstration plots and nurseries, poultry farms, green houses etc.
RSPN would like to thank the participating farmers both from Tsirang and Tashigang, officials from Tsirang District and the field guides.