Home Secretary Visits Bylakuppe and Bangalore


April 20, 2015 3:41 pm


. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Secretary of Department of Home speaking to the participants, Bylakuppe
16 April 2015

DHARAMSHALA: Home Secretary Mr. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang inaugurated the one year intensive training on Sustainable Agriculture Development through Modernisation and Market Access with Israel Agriculture know-how at Organic Research and Training Center (ORTC) Bylakuppe on 16 April. The training will be provided to the settlement Agriculture extension officers along with the interested Tibetan farmers and local Indians.

Mr. Dhondup Tsering, Deputy Secretary of Home department along with settlement officers of Bylakuppe and Rabgayling settlements were present. Mr. Damy Ben Horin, Israeli expert agronomist, the main trainer gave a brief power point presentation on Israeli way of farming technology and concept.


Mr Damy Ben Horin an Israel Expert on agronomist - presentating Israel way of Farming.

In his inaugural address, Home Secretary spoke with pride on the development achieved in agriculture over the years since the inception of organic farming policy adopted by predecessor and continued by incumbent Kashag. The past few years, he said, nonetheless saw a slow and steady decline in the agriculture trend. And as we say, ‘forewarned is forearmed’, he advised the people to use the land as per the guideline and not leave the land fallow as such acts might invite encroachment by locals as it happened in Orrisa.

With an objective to replicate Israeli agricultural practice which, he said, has been successful in spite of the unfavourable geographical location for crops, in producing a great variety of crops in such huge quantities that leave them abundance of surplus to export to other countries.

Taking Israel as a role model, he mentioned that Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has initiated this training project. He requested the trainees to make the maximum utilisation of the training so to save the huge investment going waste.

The project is funded by PRM, USA and Bolzano, South Tyrol. The project is the result of joint technical collaboration with Arava – R&D and IFTIP Israel.

The secretary, on the previous day spoke at Chowkur village, which comes under the jurisdiction of Tibetan Dickyi Lasor (TDL) settlement. He reiterated the 14th Kashag’s concept of unity, innovative and self-reliance and the need to follow guidelines formulated by CTA. To achieve overall development in the agriculture practice on basis of 14th Kashag’s concept, he added that for innovation, numerous trainings have been conducted while promoting the concept of self reliance, also loans are provided at a very low interest for the farmers.

He was later escorted by the settlements officers to the origin source of Cauvery river, a source of drinking water to be pumped through pipeline to the settlements is supported by the state government. He also inspected elephant trench digging work being undertaken near camp no. 10 and 11 fields. The trench is dug by the forest department after repeated requests by CTA and local Tibetan representative.

After the visit to Bylakuppe. The secretary along with Mr. Karma Singye, Chief Representative, Bangalore visited Institute for Small Trade Learning (ISTL) Nelamangala, Bangalore..


Home Secretary Mr. Sonan Topgyal Khorlatsang and Mr. Karma Singye, Chief representative of Bangalore with the ISTL trainees, Bangalore on 17 April 2015

In his address to the new batch of trainees, the Secretary motivated the trainees to take keen interest and active participation in the skill learning course. He focused on one’s dedication, sincerity and punctuality to make such investment a worthwhile. He further reminded the trainees about the department’s investment in producing independent professionals.

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