Certificate course in Mushroom Production Training from 1st to 31st December 2022
A month long training on Mushroom Production is currently undergoing in RDTC. A total of 18 participants from various Dzongkhags are attending the training from 1st to 31st December 2022. The training include both theoretical and mostly hands-on practical sessions. The training aims to enhance each participant’s skills and knowledge to become competent in Mushroom Cultivation. The program also aims to create self-employment and to meet the domestic needs of the mushroom product. The course shall cover planning of mushroom cultivation, construction of mushroom shed, cultivation of shiitake and oyster mushroom, use pest and disease control measures, spawn production, and Ganogerma (Reishi) mushroom cultivation with resource person from National Mushroom Center, Thimphu.
Visit of His Hon'ble Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources
On 17th November 2022, Hon'ble Dasho Secretary and Director of Ministry of Labour and Human Resources visited Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang. Dasho granted audience to the staff of RDTC. Dasho also visited field and interacted with trainees who are undergoing Entrepreneurship training for two weeks. RDTC had the privilege to receive audience from Dasho Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.
Certificate course in Dairy Production Training from 17th October to 17th November 2022
A month long training on Dairy Production is currently undergoing in RDTC. Participants of varying age came from all parts of Bhutan to start their training from 17th October which will end on 17th November 2022. The training included both theoretical and hands-on practical sessions. Learning started from knowing about dairy farming in Bhutan, dairy health and farm economics for development of milk products like Yogurt, Lassi, Mozzarella cheese, Gouda cheese, Rasgulla, Phillu and Gulab jamun. There is also a study tour for four days in Bumthang to enhance learning and know more about farms, research centers and MPU.
In order to completely engage the participants, they were made into groups and after every theory session about development of a particular dairy product, they were allowed to try making it themselves with the guidance from instructors. For example: Morning-Theory on yogurt , Afternoon-Group practical for making yogurt. An assessment would be conducted after the training to test participant’s knowledge and skill after training.
Certificate course in Basic Floriculture Training from 15th August to 14th September 2022
A month-long training on Basic Floriculture is underway at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang from August 15, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. A total of 15 participant are availing the training.
The course will cover site development, construct nursery shed, prepare nursery bed, flowers/ornamental plant cultivation, plant propagation, plant growth, plant packaging, floral arrangement and plant marketing. After completion of the training the participants will be able to develop Nursery, Flowers/ornamental plant production and Post-harvest management.
Critical Capability Development (CCD) Training on Packaging and Labelling from 15th to 24th August 2022
A total of 30 participants from Wangdue, Trongsa, Tsirang, Sarpang, Dagana and Zhemgang Dzongkhag are attending 10 days Critical Capability Development (CCD) training on Packaging and Labelling at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), MoAF, Zhemgang from August 15, 2022. This program is organized by the Training and Development Division (TDD), Department of National Human Resource Development (DNHRD) in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and funded by GoI-PTA Project, MoLHR.
The course is designed to provide knowledge, skills and attitude to the individual to become competent in identification and importance for the diverse products. After completion of the training the participants can identify the type of packaging materials, understand the packaging tools and economics. Understand types of labelling and procedure and understand the types of materials used for packaging.
Certificate course in Dairy Production Training from 15th August to 14th September 2022
A month-long training on Dairy Production is underway at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang from August 15, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with resource person from NDRDC, Yusipang, Thimphu. A total of nine participants are availing the training.
RDTC Training Calendar 2022 - 2023
Certificate course in Vegetable Production and Poultry Production from 4th July to 3rd August 2022
A month-long training on Vegetable and Poultry Production is underway at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang from July 4, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. 41 interested youth on Vegetable Production and 10 interested youth on Poultry Production are availing the training.
Training on Entrepreneurship from 18th June to 2nd July 2022
A total of 23 participants are taking part in Entrepreneurship course at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang from June 18, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Visit of His Hon'ble Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
On 23rd May 2022, Hon'ble Dasho Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests visited RDTC and granted audience to staff. Dasho also visited field and interacted with trainees who are undergoing Skill Development Program(SDP) on Mushroom Production for one month. RDTC had the privilege to receive audience from Dasho Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Certificate course in Mushroom Production from 16th May 2022
A total of 30 youths (12 female and 18 male) are taking part in a month-long Mushroom Production Training at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang from May 16, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Training on Improved Vegetable Production Technologies including Pest and Disease Management from 18th April 2022
RDTC is conducting training on improved vegetable production technologies for two weeks from 18th April 2022. The course has been designed to impart set of skills required to perform vegetable production. A total of 21 enthusiastic youth from Sarpang, Tsirang, Chukha and Zhemgang Dzongkhag are attending the same.
Mushroom Cultivation Training at Trongsa from 11th to 14th April 2022
A total of 30 participants (13 female and 6 male) from Langthel under Trongsa Dzongkhag has attended the Mushroom Cultivation Training from 11th to 14th April 2022. The course covered Growing mushrooms, mushroom cultivation in Bhutan, Cultivators, Forest mushrooms in Bhutan, Shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation, starting with growing medium used, materials needed for cultivation, cultivation and management after and before harvest.
Citrus and Young fruit plant Training at Trongsa from 11th to 14th April 2022
30 participants from Jangbi under Trongsa Dzongkhag has attended the Citrus and young fruit plant training from 11th to 14th April 2022. The training was practical oriented with very little theory inputs. The course covered preparation of Bordeaux paste, Bordeaux mixture preparation, Citrus fruit fly control measures, Training of young citrus plants, Control measures of trunk borers and preparation of trenches for irrigation and fertilizer application.
Dairy Product Development Training from 11th April 2022
A group of 22 job seekers are undergoing one month Dairy Product Development Training at Bumthang organized by RDTC and funded through SDP, MoLHR, Thimphu.
Certificate course in Mushroom Production from 1st March 2022
A total of 19 youths (13 female and 6 male) are taking part in a month-long Mushroom Production Training at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang. The course started on March 1, 2022. This Institute Certificate program is a part of the Skills Development Program (SDP) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in collaboration with RDTC, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
The training aims to enhance each participant’s skills and knowledge to become competent in Mushroom Cultivation. The program also aims to create self-employment and to meet the domestic needs of the mushroom product. The course shall cover planning of mushroom cultivation, construction of mushroom shed, cultivation of shiitake and oyster mushroom, use pest and disease control measures, spawn production, and post-harvest management.
RDTC team installs Greenhouse; rain shelter; drip system and trellis system
As an outreach program, RDTC team in collaboration with Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector, Zhemgang installed Greenhouse, Rain Shelter, Drip and Trellis system in the following farmer’s group field from 15th till 19th November 2021.
- Shinkhar Nazhoen Detshen
- Bardo Kuenphen Tseseey Detshen
- Tali Wangthang Tsessey Detshen
- Goleng Tsessey Detshen
Experience Sharing & Technology Exchange Program at ARDC, Bajo, Punakha and Wangdue from 10th - 20th September 2021
RDTC with support from FAO-TCP on Protected and Precision Farming which ends by October 2021 an Experience Sharing and Technology Exchange program has been planned at ARDC, Bajo, Punakha and Wangdue from 10th to 20th September 2021 for prospective youths and group engagement in farming from Trongsa and Zhemgang.
Besides the experiences sharing and exchanges program, overall the course provided in-depth insights, ideas, and skills in other aspects of natural resource management, sustainable agriculture activities, and other socio-economic developmental activities through lectures and field excursions.
Experience Exchange Field Visit Program from 24th August to 2nd September 2021
RDTC with support from FAO-TCP organized an experience exchange field visit program for the agriculture staff and members of farmers groups of Trongsa Dzongkhag to visit the west centre and southwest centres to explore the farming systems, the available technologies, existing facilities, and as well the agriculture supply chain system. There were five agriculture staff and 13 farmers who are members of the farmer's group. The visit was carried out from 24th August to 2nd September 2021.
The objectives of the program were to identify the available technologies in ARDCs and farmers’ field which may be adopted in their local context, explore the innovative options with regards to Protected Agriculture, share knowledge and experiences within farmers group and group members and develop a linkage between farmers group and with the service providers.
RDTC Training Calendar 2021 - 2022
Green House Installation and Training at Trongsa from 9th to 15th August 2021
Rural Development Training Centre supported and help in installation of nine number of green house to Farmer and youth group under Trongsa Dzongkhag funded by FAO. In additional to that 80 participant from different farmer group has attended week long training on green house installation and protected farming.
Improved Vegetable Production Technologies Training from 9th to 20th August 2021
20 participants including 11 staff from FMCL, Paro are attending 12 days training on improved Vegetable Production Technologies from 9th August 2021.
The training aims at enhancing the knowledge and skills on vegetable farming and to upscale the production to meet the domestic demand.
School Youth Agriculture program from 19th to 30th July 2021
Two week long training on Summer school agriculture program is under way at Rural Development Training Centre , Zhemgang from 19th to 30th July 2021.
60 agriculture student from Zhemgang Central School are attending School Youth Agriculture Program.
Vegetable and Green House Tomato Production Training at RDTC, Zhemgang from 19th to 30th April 2021
19 participants from Zhemgang Dzongkhag are attending the Vegetable and Green house tomato production training from 19th to 30th April 2021.
During the course of the training, the participants will learn about Nursery Raising, Transplanting and Mulching, Crop Management, Soil Nutrient Management, Weed Management, Pest and disease management, Post harvest, Record and book keeping and Business planning.
Training of Trainers on Technical Instruction and Pedagogy at RDTC, Zhemgang from 5th to 17th April 2021
Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang in collaboration with TVET professional service division, Department of technical education under Ministry of Labour and Human Resources are conducting Training of Trainers on Technical Instruction and Pedagogy at RDTC, MoAF, Zhemgang from 5th to 17th April 2021.
21 instructors from nine institutes are undergoing training on Module 2(ToT-Knowledge).
Care and Maintenance of Power tiller and conducted power tiller test at RDTC, Zhemgang from 13th to 16th March 2020
Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang in collaboration with Agriculture Machinery Centre, Paro has conducted training on care and maintenance of power tiller and conducted test on power tiller from 13th to 16th March 2021. 17 participants from Zhemgang Dzongkhag has attended the training.
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Visit of His Hon'ble Country Director of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation to RDTC, Zhemgang
On 26th February 2021, Hon'ble Country Director visited RDTC Agriculture fields including hydrophonic, citrus green house, automatic green house and shared his words of wisdom and field experience with staff. RDTC had the privilege to receive an audience from Country Director.
Mushroom Cultivation Training from 25th to 27th February 2021 at RDTC, Zhemgang
22 participants from Zhemgang has attended Mushroom Cultivation Training from 25th to 27th February 2021. The training mostly included hands-on demonstration and practical.
Dairy Production Training from 14th to 27th February 2021 at RDTC, Zhemgang
10 participants from Zhemgang Dzongkhag are attending training on Dairy Production from 14th to 27th February 2021.
The training aim to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Dairy Farming techniques and management through mix-mode such as lectures, hands-on demonstration and practical.
On going training on care and Maintenance for farm machineries from 6th to 10th February 2021 at RDTC, Zhemgang
Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang in collaboration with Agriculture Machinery Centre, Paro are conducting training on care and maintenance for farm machineries from 6th to 10th February 2021. 25 participants from Zhemgang Dzongkhag are attending the training. The objective of the training is to encourage farmers groups and cooperatives to take up commercial farming business through promotion of farm mechanization.
Mushroom Cultivation and Citrus Management training conducted at Goling, Zhemgang from 1st to 4th February 2021
62 participants from Goling and Tshanglajong under Zhemgang Dzongkhag has attended the Mushroom Cultivation and Citrus Management training from 31st to 4th February 2021.
The learning and teaching involve only 20 percent of classroom teaching (lectures, group works, demonstrations and assignments-presentations). Being a practical oriented training 80 percent was involved in practical training and demonstration – identification of materials, use of equipment's & hand-on-training.
Visit of His Hon'ble Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
On 10th December 2020, Hon'ble Secretary visited RDTC where Dasho interacted with the staff and students of Samcholing Higher Secondary School and Langthel Lower Secondary School who were undergoing School Youth Agriculture Program at RDTC. RDTC had the privilege to receive audience from Dasho Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
School Youth Agriculture Program conducted from 30th November to 11th December 2020
50 students from Samcholing Higher Secondary School and Langthel Lower Secondary School, Trongsa Dzongkhag has attended the School Youth Agriculture Program from 30th November to 11th December 2020.
Training of Trainers on Technical Instruction and Pedagogy conducted from 16th to 28th November 2020 at RDTC, Zhemgang
Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang in collaboration with TVET professional service division, Department of technical education under Ministry of Labour and Human Resources conducted Training of Trainers on Technical Instruction and Pedagogy at RDTC, MoAF, Zhemgang from 16th to 28th November 2020.
12 instructors from different faculties have successfully completed the Module 1 (ToT Skills).
Pig Production Training conducted at Tsirang from 4th to 9th November 2020
RDTC in collaboration with Tsirang Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital has conducted Pig Production Training at Tsirang Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital. 54 farmers has attended the training.
Book and Record keeping training conducted at Tsirang from 4th to 9th November 2020
RDTC in collaboration with Tsirang Forest Division has conducted Book and Record keeping training at Tsirang. 34 Community leader from community forest management group attended the training. Besides that they were also trained on Nursery development and management for sustainable management of their community forest.
Farmer's Business Game Simulation Corresponding ToT course from 20th to 30th October 2020 at RDTC, Zhemgang
15 Young graduates and officials from Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang are attending the 10 days virtual ToT on the Farmer's Business Game Simulation at RDTC, Zhemgang from 20th to 30th October 2020.
Vegetable Production Training conducted from 25/09/2020 to 09/10/2020
20 farmers including members from vegetable production groups from Zhemgang and Trongsa has attended the Vegetable Production raining from 25th September to 9th October 2020. The training was aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills on modern vegetable farming and to increase production in the wake of covid-19.
Dairy Production Training conducted from 01/08/2020 to 14/08/2020
30 participants from Haa, Samtse, Sarpang, Trongsa and Zhemgang Dzongkhags attended the training on Dairy Production from 1st to 14th August 2020.
The training aimed to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Dairy Farming techniques and management through mixed-mode such as lectures, hands-on demonstration and practical.
Floriculture and Landscaping Training conducted at Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang from 20th to 25th July 2020.
6 days long training on Floriculture and Landscaping was conducted at Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang from 20th to 25th July 2020.
RDTC Training Calendar 2020 - 2021
Agriculture Land Development at Panbang, Zhemgang from 11th to 16th June 2020
RDTC staff and farm attendants helped the Panbang Youth Cooperative Group with land development for commercial vegetable farming. During the week-long program, demarking of different production field and greenhouse site, measurement of irrigation pipeline were carried out at the Tunkupempa vegetable production site of the group. This is in line with the ministry's vision of accelerating vegetable production for domestic consumption and self-reliance in agricultural production.
Preparation of polytunnels for Vegetable Seedlings Raising
RDTC staff and labour engagement in vegetable seedlings raising at RDTC farm in support of Zhemgang Dzongkhags' commercial vegetable program in the wake of COVID19 pandemics.
RDTC in collaboration with MoLHR and Zhemgang Dzongkhag conducted Basic Entrepreneurship Course at RDTC from 3rd to 17th March 2020
RDTC in collaboration with MoLHR and Zhemgang Dzongkhag conducted a Basic Entrepreneurship course from 3rd to 17th March 2020. 28 youth from Zhemgang Dzongkhag attended the course.
Fruits and Vegetable Processing Training conducted from 27th February to 4th March 2020
The participants from Dagana Dzongkhag attended a week-long training on Fruits and vegetables processing training from 27th February to 4th March 2020.
Potato Production Training conducted at Langdurbi under Zhemgang Dzongkhag from 17th to 22nd February 2020
24 farmers from the chiwog including eight members of the youth group actively participated in the training. About 1.5 acres of land has been planted with potato seed tubers during the training period.
Apiculture Training conducted from 6th to 11th January 2020
27 participants from Tsirang, Bumthang and Zhemgang Dzongkhags attended Apiculture training from 6th to 11th January 2020. Mr. Kabi Raj Gurung Beekeeping expert as resource person from NHRDC, Bumthang, leaded the training.
School Youth Agriculture Training and Awareness Program conducted from 19/12/2019 to 28/12/2019
50 students from Ura Central School and Ngalam Central School attended School Youth Agriculture Training and Awareness Program from 19th to 28th December 2019.
Forest Nursery Development and Book and record keeping Training conducted from 09/12/2019 to 14/12/2019
15 participants from Berti Phendheyling Community Forest under Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park, Zhemgang are attending training on Forest Nursery Development and Book and record keeping training from 9th to 14th December 2019.
Visit of His Hon'ble Tshogpon at Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang
His Hon'ble Tshogpon and team visited RDTC on 9th December 2019 and had a brief interactive session with staff and trainees.
Climate-Smart Dairy Production and milk processing Training conducted from 18/11/2019 to 08/12/2019
27 participants from Sarpang, Trashiyangtse, Samtse, Paro and Bumthang Dzongkhags are attending training on Dairy Production from 18th November to 8th December 2019.
The training aimed to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Dairy Farming techniques and management through mixed-mode such as lectures, hands-on demonstration and practical.
Community Leadership Training conducted at Dogar gewog Paro Dzongkhag from15th to 19th November 2019
RDTC in collaboration with Social Forestry Division and Paro Forest Division imparted Community Leadership Training to the Druk Phuenpa Penzi Community Forest Management group at Dogar Gewog in Paro Dzongkhag.
Visit of His Excellency Lyonchen at Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang
His Excellency Lyonchen and team visited RDTC on 13th November 2019 and granted an audience to staff and trainees.
Climate Smart Fruit Production Training conducted from 04/11/2019 to 24/11/2019
20 participants from Dagana, Tsirang and Sarpang Dzongkhags are attending training on Climate Smart fruit production from 4th November 2019.
The training aimed to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Climate Smart orchard management, nursery management and plant propagation techniques and management through mixed mode such as lectures,hands-on demonstration and practical.
Hon'ble Director General, BAFRA visited RDTC on 15/10/2019
Hon'ble Director General, BAFRA and team visited RDTC on 15th October 2019 and met with staff and interacted with trainees during vegetable field visit.
Climate Smart Vegetable Production Training conducted from 03/10/2019 to 23/10/2019
23 participants from Lhuntse, Samdrup Jongkhar, Tsirang, Sarpang and Zhemgang Dzongkhags are attending training on Climate Smart Vegetable Production from 3rd October 2019.
The training aimed at enhancing the capacity of the communities on Vegetable Production practices and empowers them to generate income through vegetable farming.
Visit of His Excellency Sanam Lyonpo at Rural Development Training Centre, MoAF, Zhemgang
The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor visited RDTC on 7th October 2019. During the visit H.E. the Sanam Lyonpo met with the staff, interacted with trainees and visited vegetable field sites.
Climate Smart fruit production, nursery management and plant propagation Training conducted from 03/09/2019 to 21/09/2019
25 participants from Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags are attending training on Climate Smart fruit production, nursery management, and plant propagation Training conducted from 3rd to 21st September 2019
Climate Smart Vegetable Production Training conducted on 08/08/2019 to 28/08/2019
42 participants from Trongsa and Zhemgang Dzongkhags are attending training on Climate Smart Vegetable Production from 8th to 28th August 2019.
RDTC Training Calendar 2019 - 2020
Climate Smart Dairy Farming Training conducted on 10/06/2019 to 29/06/2019
Five participants from Samtse Dzongkhag attended training on Climate Smart Dairy Farming from 10th to 26th June 2019 and participants could not turn up because of Agricultural work peak season.
The training aimed to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Climate Smart Dairy Farming techniques and management through mixed mode such as lectures,hands-on demonstration and practical.
Cardamom Plantation and Management Training conducted on 13/05/2019 to 17/05/2019
Large cardamom plantation and management training has been conducted for five days w.e.f 13th May 2019 at RDTC, Zhemgang. The training aimed at enhancing the capacity of the farmers/youth on plantation and management aspects of large cardamom. Eight farmers including youth have availed the same.
Sub-tropical Fruit Cultivation & Propagation Training conducted on 06/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
11 participants from Zhemgang and Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhags attended training on Sub-tropical Fruit Cultivation & Propagation from 6th to 9th May 2019. Mr. Tsheten Lhendup resource person from Private Nursery Grower, Pelrithang, Gelephu, leaded the training.
The training aims to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Sub-tropical Fruit Cultivation and propagation practices through mixed mode such as lectures,hands-on demonstration and practical and they were also given awareness on Nursery standard by BAFRA, Zhemgang.
The course covered topics such as Sub-tropical fruit orchard layout, Avocado, Mango, and Guava propagation, and pruning and training on sub-tropical fruit trees.
Water Management and Green House installation Training (Climate smart) conducted 29/04/2019 to 03/05/2019
Youth and Water technician from Zhemgang Dzongkhag has undergone one-week Training in RDTC. The training course was designed to impart necessary knowledge and skills on climate-smart water management, drip irrigation, orchard irrigation, and greenhouse installation practices. This is part of FAO & EUTCP Training.
Certificate Award to Climate Smart Vegetable Production Trainees
Honorable MP awards certificate to sixty-four youth from seven Dzongkhag who has successfully completed training on Climate Smart Vegetable Production conducted by RDTC, Zhemgang from 10th to 30th April 2019.
Climate Smart Vegetable & Dairy Production Training
96 participants from various Dzongkhags are attending training on Climate Smart Vegetable & Dairy Production from 10th April 2019.
The training aims to impart necessary knowledge and skills on Climate Smart Vegetable and Dairy production practices through mixed mode such as lectures, assignments, group work, hands-on demonstration and practice.
The Dairy production trainees will be attached to the farm unit in divided groups and made to observe the various processes of a typical dairy farm, hygienic practices of milking and production record keeping.
Green House Tomato Production Training
In collaboration with Trongsa Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector, a Greenhouse tomato production training has been conducted at Langthel Gewog , Trongsa Dzongkhag for five days from 1st to 5th April 2019. The training was aimed at enhancing the capacity of youths and farmers on protected farming and to promote tomato production in the Gewog. Twenty-eight farmers including youth group from Namthel village has availed the same.
The training has been delivered through mix mode such as lectures, group work, demonstration and hand-on practice.
The course covered wide range of topics such as nursery raising, constructing low cost green house, Layout & bed preparation in the green house, Transplanting & mulching, crop management ( training, pruning, staking), and drip irrigation. A low cost green house was constructed using bamboo and the tomato seedlings were transplanted inside. This will serve as a model green house tomato production.
Floriculture, Propogation and Land Scaping Management Training
Forty participants are undergoing five days hands on training on Floriculture, Propogation and Land Scaping from 1st April 2019. Mr. Tshering resource person from Floriculture and Amenity Landscaping Centre(FALC), Royal Coordinating Project under Agriculture Production Divison, DoA, Dechencholing Thimphu is leading the training.The training aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills in the area of landscaping and floriculture. The participants have been nominated from their designated departments under Zhemgang dzongkhag, who are entrusted the task of carrying out beautification in their identified areas.
Mushroom Cultivation Training
The Mushroom Cultivation training was conducted from 25th to 31st March, 2019 at ARDC Sub-centre, Khangma. There were 41 participants including 11 women participants.
The adult learning methodologies were applied in the whole course of training; consisting of participatory learning exercises, partner learning, maximum practical exercises in the class and in the field. Self directed learning activities were encouraged throughout the training session.
Shiitake and oyster mushroom cultivation, starting with growing medium used, materials needed for cultivation and management after and before harvest were thoroughly discussed and practiced. The training duration was for seven days including two days on spawn multiplication and propagation. It was a practical oriented and hand-on training.
Dairy Farming Training
Twenty eight youth from Zhemgang, Trongsa and Wangdue Phodrang are attending Dairy Production Training from 18th February to 6th March 2019.
Citrus Canopy Management Training
Thirty two farmers from Dakpai under Trong Gewog, Zhemgang Dzongkhag were trained on Citrus Canopy Management, basin making, manure application and mulching from 30th January to 1st February 2019.
Poultry Production Training (28/01/19 to 19/02/19)
Forty six youth from Sarpang, Dagana, Tsirang, Chukha and Samtse are attending poultry production training from 29/01/2019 to 19/02/19.
Fruit and Vegetable Processing Training (14th-20th January 2019)
A week long training on fruit and vegetable processing (pickle, candy, juice) making is underway. 13 participants from Dagana, Sarpang and Zhemgang are attending the program including 2 Land Use Certificate Youth Group from Samdrup Jongkhar.
The training is jointly conducted with technical resource from private food processor from Gelephu.
Web Administration Training (17th-18th January 2019)
Two days training on web administration based on user manual developed by ICTD, MoAF is underway at RDTC . Participant are administrative and technical staffs of RDTC. Besides training roles and functions of ICTD was also shared.
22nd January 2018-2nd February 2018 - Training of Trainers (TOT) on Entrepreneurship Development
A 12 days long Training of Trainers (ToT) on Entrepreneurship Development is underway at Rural Development Training Centre, (RDTC, Zhemgang. The Trainers (ToT) on Entrepreneurship Development is jointly conducted by RDTC, Zhemgang in collaboration with Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Division under Department of Employment and Human Resources. The training is conducted using CEFE (Competency based Economies through Formation of Enterprise) methodologies covering four modules-( Module 1 – Unlocking competencies, Module 2 – Matching person with project, Module 3 – Business plan preparation and Module 4 – Business plan presentation).
The officials from regional RNR office based at Zhemgang along with Dzongkhag RNR including GAO are attending the Course. The training is aimed at incorporating certain entrepreneurship concept in our training program as well as in the long run to have a pool of entrepreneurship capacity development support service at our regional level.
Winter School Agriculture Programme
The 10 days winter training on School Agriculture Program has started from 25th December. There are 50 students of classes 7 to 9 from eight different schools of Dagana and Tsirang dzongkhag. They are accompanied by two female teachers from Drukjegang Central School and Damphu Central School.
During the course of the training, the students will learn about the integrated farming systems in Bhutan and the importance of agriculture for our economy. Some of them are members of their school agriculture clubs while others have limited knowledge about farming. They will be given both theoretical and practical lessons on the six modules of Farm Business Training and also the basic operation of farm machinery.
Economic Analysis for Youth Entrepreneurs
The five days long training on Economic Analysis was organized from 4th -8th December 2017 for youth entrepreneurs with funding support from the Rural Livelihood Project. It was attended by 31 participants from the Dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, Samtse, Trongsa and Chukha. Some of the youth entrepreneurs have already started their livestock farming enterprises and expressed the relevance of such a training to analyze their businesses.
During the course, the participants learnt about the basic concepts and significance of economic analysis, finding cost of production, enterprise gross margin calculations and business plan development.
RDTC Training Calendar 2017 - 2018
Consultation Workshop to Develop Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Training Curriculum Framework
14th June 2017: The Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) in Zhemgang under Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF) is in the process of developing framework for RDTC training Curriculum and modules. The RDTC strives to go Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) with the financial assistance of Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment and Conservation (BTFEC), towards achieving sustainable development guided by the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) concept and its 3 pillars– productivity, adaptation and mitigation. The CSA Curriculum framework developed through the consultative process involving participants from different agencies under MoAF drafted through two rounds of meetings at Namsey Chhoiling Resort at Paro.
The consultation process is also guided professionally by Mr. Wangpo Tenzin, Curriculum Development Specialist (CDE), from Education Council (engaged as a Curriculum Expert) and Mr. Chhimi Dorji, Local Consultancy Firm, in Thimphu (as a technical expert) in Agriculture. The first round of consultative meeting was held in 30th and 31st March 2017. The second two days’ meeting concluded on 15th June 2017 with satisfaction in the hearts of all for their shared contribution, and anticipate to develop trade specific training modules, mainly under broad categories of Livestock, Agriculture and Non Wood Forest Products, sometimes in September 2017. The RDTC Noble intention to serve our rural farming communities to making agriculture practices climate resilient and boost productivity and livelihood. In the long run, it curbs rural to urban migration and creates employment for youths in their respective communities... Read more...
Artificial Insemination (A.I) Refresher Course underway for AI Technicians of East Central Region (RCR)
13 June 2017: An Artificial Insemination (A.I) refresher Course is taking place at the Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), Zhemgang since yesterday for AI technicians of the East Central Region. This programme will go on for a period of ten days and it will conclude on 21 June, 2017. The programme is organized by Regional Livestock Development Centre with the help resource person from National dairy Centre (NDC).
Dasho Dzongdag, Zhemgang Dzongkhag kindly graced the opening session. In his opening speech, Dasho Dzongdag urged the participants that the Agricultural development is the backbone of our nation of which the dairy sector plays an important role in support of food nutrition through various product development from milk such as butter, Cheese, Yogurt, Ghee, curd and so on. Thus, it is equally important to maintain good quality of animal breeds at the farming level to increase production and enhance cash income to the communities. It is therefore, mandatory for the A.I technicians working at field level to upgrade their knowledge and skills to deliver the best services to the needy clients.
According to the spoke person from RLDC, Genetic improvement of cattle has been a major force for making advances in dairy cattle profitability during the last few decades. During the 11th Five Year Plan (2013-2018), the Department of Livestock aims to meet the dairy production target of 50 000 MT. This is to substitute the import of dairy and attain self-sufficiency in dairy products. Artificial Insemination technology has been introduced in a planned manner since 1987 and is the most effective and popular tool for maximum exploitation of genetically superior animals (Sires). However, faulty insemination techniques, failure to detect exact time for inseminations and quality of frozen semen etc. were observed in the field.
The training is being conducted by a specialist from NDRC, Yusipang. According to the Specialist, the ECR region has added advantages to attend such refresher course and this is the 3rd batch training mainly because of the continuous support of Rural Livelihood Project (RLP) and RLDC Zhemgang in particular to support the programme. Further, RDTC as the training Centre has been playing important roles to support such training with the available resources in place. The AI technicians/AI focal persons of the East-Central Region Dzongkhags of Bumthang, Trongsa, Zhemgang, and Sarpang are attending the course to improve the skills of their skills and keep them abreast of the changing technology. Certificates will be awarded to the participants at the end of the program.
Summer School Agriculture Training and Awareness Programme (2017)
(Developing the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes of Youth to further Food Security and Nutrition)
To encourage youth involvement in agriculture, RDTC during school breaks provide youth awareness and training programme for about hundred students of classes from seven to eleven or age between 15 to 24. The programme aims to improve nutrition, environmental awareness and food traditions through the establishment of school gardens, poultry, dairy, piggery and mushroom farming. Students also learn about food processing and post harvest of fruits and vegetables, and other aspects of farm economics and agribusiness. The students will also gain practical experiences through already established farms e.g. poultry, dairy, piggery, mushroom,
fruits and vegetable farms in RDTC.The programme is tentatively scheduled from 17th to 29th July 2017 in accordance with the summer break of the schools in Bhutan...Read more.
Consultative Workshop on Animal Nutrition, under DoL
A two days’ Consultative Workshop on Animal Nutrition was conducted at Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) from 25th to 27th May, 2017, Zhemgang. The workshop reviewed the feed and fodder development programs implemented in the country and deliberated various issues related to Animal Nutrition and the challenges. The workshop also prioritized new activities including Animal Nutrition Research and development, to come up with appropriate strategies to spearhead impact oriented Animal nutrition program in the 12th Five Year Plan.
The animal nutrition is one of the crucial components of livestock production system and plays vital role in success of any Livestock development Enterprises in the country. About forty officials from central programs under Department of livestock and Dzongkhags attended the workshop. The workshop was Chaired by the Chief of the Animal Nutrition Division under the Department of Livestock (DoL) and attended by the Regional Directors from four livestock development Centers and other relevant officials. According to the participants, the RDTC provided condusive environment for the workshop as the Centre is equipped with adequate infrastructural development and facilities with favorable climatic condition. The training Centre provided accommodation, meeting hall, dinning hall and basic facilities as required. The RDTC is also looking forward to host such meeting/workshop in near future and the accommodation in the training dormitory is also expected to improve from the coming financial year-2017-2018.
Community Leaders Training for Farmers Group and Cooperatives
A 6 days long Community Leaders Training is underway with 25 participants from different gewogs of Sarpang and Zhemgang. The Hon’ble Dasho Dzongdag of Zhemgang graced the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest. In his opening remarks, Dasho spoke on the importance of having self sufficiency in food grains and livestock products, ‘toh dang tshem, literally meaning food and curry’ sufficiency. Our farming communities are still facing shortage of farm labourers to be engaged in agricultural activities. Due to rough terrains and lack of adequate transportation facilities, there is less opportunities for the farmers to go for commercial farming through mechanized farming practices. The other challenge is on the marketing of agricultural products and RAMCO establishment is expected to improve the delivery of marketing support.
We are still dependant on the import of Amul butter and Cheese from India. The sale of eggs in the market seems to have limited scope unless there is value addition to the eggs. On the other side, cardamom marketing is limited to India with involvement of few middlemen and traders.
There are 9 female participants representing their groups. The training program organized with funding from the Rural Livelihood Project started from 15th May and will come to an end on the 20th May, 2017.The participants comprising of executive members from diverse agricultural and livestock farming groups are being trained on the 6 modules of CLT: Conflict Management, Leadership, Planning, Meeting Management, Record keeping and Book keeping. It is expected that after the training, the participants will be more proactive and work with added enthusiasm to effectively run their group activities.
Stakeholders Consultation Workshop to Develop Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum and Module Framework
With the financial assistant from Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC), the Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang is re-orienting the existing training curriculum to a Climate Smart one, with the goal to enhance the capacity of the farming communities and youth effectively and sustainable management the production system and the natural resources for their well-being.... Read more
Selected candidates for the post of Farm Attendants and Gardener
Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC), MoAF, Zhemgang, is pleased to announce the selected candidates for the post of Farm Attendants and Gardener as detailed
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Short-listed Candidates – 2 Farm Attendants and 1 Gardener.
As per the announcement made both in MoAF website and Media (BBS) on 9th & 13th February, 2016 and re-announcement made in MoAF website on dated 7th March, 2017. The Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) is pleased to announce the following short-listed candidates for the post of 2 Farm Attendants and 1 Gardener (ESP)... Read more
The office and Management of Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) dedicate our whole hearted prayers and warm wishes for the
37th Birth Anniversary of
His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck!
We pray for His Majesty’s good health, everlasting peace and prosperity in Bhutan under his glorious reign.
On the auspicious occasion of our beloved
Gyalsey Jigme Namgyal Wang chuck’s 1st Birth Anniversary
The office and Management of Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) would like to offer our sincere prayers and rededicate our service to the Nation.
May His Royal Highness always be blessed with good health and wisdom!
Rural Development Training Centre under Ministry of Agriculture & Forest, Zhemgang is pleased to re-announce application from the interested Bhutanese Nationals for the following posts... Read more
Rural Development Training Centre under Ministry of Agriculture & Forest, Zhemgang is pleased to invite application from the interested Bhutanese Nationals for the following posts: Read more
Fruits and Seedling Production Training
The Fruits and nursery management training is currently undergoing in the Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang. The two weeks training started on 1st February, 2017 and the opening of the course was chaired by Dasho Dzongrab of Zhemgang Dzongkhag. Dasho, acknowledged the participants for attending the course and advised them to continue working on farm and take up farming as an alternative means of gainful employment.
The course aims to enhance skills and knowledge of the youth and the farming communities in fruits and nursery management. It is one of the skills oriented training courses that the centre has been providing since its inception. Besides, theoretical and practical classes in the centre, a study tour is also included in the programme. They will have a platform to learn from each other through experience sharing with the owners of relevant farms in Sarpang, Tsirang and Wangdue Dzongkhag. Twenty potential youth and farmers including five female from Dagana, Sarpang, and Tsirang Dzongkhags are availing the training.