Training on Sustainable Agriculture Development Underway

May 8, 2015

Field preparation training at the agriculture training currently underway at Bylakuppe, Karnataka State

DHARAMSHALA: As agriculture faces an unprecedented crisis world over, Tibetan agriculture too is in a dire situation. Therefore, the Department of Home of the Central Tibetan Administration, has taken an initiative to conduct training on sustainable agriculture development through modernization and market access combining Israeli agro-techniques. This training is aimed at improving the crop production, collective marketing and community agribusiness management thereby securing the viability of the settlements.

Mr. Chhimey Rigzen, additional secretary, agriculture cum cooperative division, Department of Home accompanied by Mr. Dhondup Tsering, Deputy Secretary paid an official visit to the organic research & training centre (ORTC), Bylakuppe on 30 April where the training is currently being given.

The main purpose of their visit was to meet Mr. Damy Ben Horin, agronomist from Israel hired by DOH as the main trainer on intensive modern agriculture farming cultivation through technical know-how of the Israeli modern agriculture practice for our trainees including agriculture extension officers and interested farmers from Bylakuppe settlement.

Subsequent to the series of discussion with the agronomist from 30th April through 3rd May for action plan for one year, a syllabus for the course was finalised. The agronomist emphatically expressed commitment to ensure achievement of effective and economically viability of agriculture practice among the Tibetan farmers through the trainees.

They also visited the field of the project site for observation and inspection of the land prepared and partition made for cultivation of various vegetable crops and of all the ongoing activities including pipe laying for drip irrigation, filter installation and its fitting.

A group photo of the trainers with the participants and officials of Home Department, CTA

During the meeting and discussion with the trainees, Mr. Chhimey clearly highlighted the main objective behind this intensive training conducted by DoH in collaboration with ARAVA-R&D and IFTIP, Israel. He urged all the trainees for active participation and to make the best of this opportunity, and above all, they must be able to pass on the comprehensive knowledge from this training to our farmers of their respective settlements.

Further, the AEOs expressed their opinion and suggestion for ways to develop and sustain agriculture activities in the settlement. The three day visit came off with so many outstanding issues resolved through discussion.