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The 5th Annual Review and Planning Workshop of National Seed Centre was held from 4th to 7th January, 2016 at NSC, Head Quarter, Paro. The Opening Ceremony of the Annual workshop was graced by the Hon’ble Director General, Department of Agriculture. Unlike past annual workshops, this year all the commodity coordinators of the Department also participated and given their invaluable inputs for drawing up annual sale targets and annual plan of Regional centres and Farms.
The NSC family is very much grateful to Hon’ble Dasho for guiding and chairing the first day meeting despite busy schedule. We would also like to thank all the commodity coordinators for their presence and inputs.
The workshop reviewed the progress of 2014-2015 and presented on status report of 2015-2016. Based on the resources available and production skills and capacities, annual work plan (2016-2017) for all Divisions, Regional Farms and Farms were discussed thoroughly and agreed upon. The workshop was fruitful and successfully ended on 7th January, 2016.
 
Date of Posting: 09 January 2016
Posted By: NSC
COMMUNITY SEED PRODUCTION GROUP-TASHIYANGTSE
On 2nd of November, 2015 under the initiative of RDC, Sub-centre Khangma, the Community Based Seed Production (CBSP) group of Sali village, Khamdang gewog, Tashiyangtse was handed over to the National Seed Centre- Trashiyangtse as Registered Seed Growers. On the same day, the group consisting of 40 members was briefed about the terms and conditions of the Registered Seed Growers and procedures of Maize seed selection and production techniques. Starting from this season, NSC-Tashiyangtse will be collecting maize seeds from the CBSP group.
The main aim of forming the group was to enhance the capacity of rural community in seed production program and meet the food security through secure improved quality seed supply within the community and as well as to other areas. The program is also beneficial to improve the livelihood of the rural communities through enhanced income.
 
Date of Posting: 05 December 2015
Posted By: National Seed Centre
Banana is very nutritious fruit which is available in all round the year. It is the second largest produced fruit after Citrus, contributing about 16% of the world’s total fruit production. Tissue Culture Banana give advantage to farmers in the provision of planting materials that are free of disease, mature fast, have better yield and are safe for human consumption.Currently, Tissue Culture Laboratory in National Seed Centre is in full swing of multiplication for coming season targeting production of 10000 to 15000 seedlings annually for these four varieties; Grand Naine, Chinichampa, Ghew Kola and Jagi.
Grand Naine is a high yielding variety introduced to India from Israel which is not very tall but produces bunches that is almost three- fourth of its size with each having more than 200 fruits. As of now more than 3500 plants are in primary hardening process which will attain the salable size within and month or two.
 
Date of Posting: 24 November 2015
Posted By: National Seed Centre
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The Management and Staff of National Seed Centre, DoA, MoAF Paro Would like to join the nation in Offering our best wishes and
Prayers to their Majesties on the occasion of fourth Royal
Wedding Anniversary on 13th October, 2015

TASHI DELEK
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2015
Posted By: National Seed Centre
The National Seed Centre, DoA, Paro conducted 1st quarter progress review meeting (July-September, 2015) on 28th September, 2015 at NSC, HQ. The meeting was organized to review the progress of 1st quarter for the financial year 2015-2016. A daylong meeting also discussed on issues and problems raised by RMs/Farms/Sector Heads.
Henceforth, similar meeting will be held on regular basis to review the past progress achievement and plan way forward. This quarterly meeting is felt necessary as part of strategic planning and development processes.
 
Date of Posting: 03 October 2015
Posted By: National Seed Centre
His Excellency The Prime Minister’s visit to Regional Seed Centre, Bhur
His Excellency the Prime Minister visited Regional Seed Center (RSC), Bhur on 16th September 2015 inscribing yet another special and memorable day in the history of the centre. During the visit Lyonchoen met with the staff and also visited the planting material propagation facilities of the RSC. His Excellency underlined the importance of quality seeds and planting materials in boosting agriculture production. He said that regardless of whatsoever resources (fencing, irrigation water, fertilizers, etc.) are provided to the farmers, if the seed sector fails in delivering quality planting materials the whole agriculture industry will be a big failure. In this regard, Lyonchoen said that the seed sector has critical responsibility for a successful agriculture industry and in achieving food self-sufficiency and raising the income of the rural farming populace. His Excellency commanded the good work carried out by the staff of RSC for the benefit of our farmers and instructed to continue their good work in the interest of the public. The visit of His Excellency and his inspirational instructions have highly motivated, encouraged and boosted the morale of the staff who in turn rededicates to work hard with head held high in the interest of public.
 
Date of Posting: 18 September 2015
Posted By: National Seed Centre, Paro
Wheat Seed Production Program
Supported by the Department of Agriculture, winter crop intensification program has been implemented in prime area of Punakha and Wangdue valleys under Commodity promotional program. Winter crop seeds like wheat (varieties Bajosokhaka and Gumasokhaka) were distributed to all the gewogs of Punakha and Wangdue valleys with the help of Dzongkhag and Gewog Extensions.

To start the program, initial stock of wheat seed were imported from India under the commodity support program and supplied the seeds to farmers under promotional program. The National Seed Centre, RDC Bajo (Commodity Program) and Dzongkhag/Gewog Extension promoted the winter crop wheat in November-December 2014 in all the gewogs of Punakha and Wangdue Dzongkhag.
The crop was successfully grown under close supervision and monitoring by the Gewog/Dzongkhag Extension, Commodity Coordinator and NSC. Following the harvesting, seed collection was started by NSC, Bajo farm from May 2015 and will continue till September as it coincided with the transplanting of paddy. As of now, NSC has collected around 42 MT of wheat seed worth Nu.1.05 million which is an additional income to the wheat growers.
Crop Variety Wheat seed collected (kg)
Wheat Gumasokhaka 41,852
Wheat Bajosokhaka 210
Total 42,062


With good processing plant at Bajo for cereal seeds like paddy and wheat, seeds collected from the RSGs were processed, treated, packed and stored in the cool store at Bajo farm for further supply in October/November 2015 to different dzongkhags, agencies and others from the region itself.

FARMERS PERCEPTION ON THE VARIETY
As per the discussion, most of the beneficiary farmers responded that new varieties of wheat (Bajosokhaka and Gumasokhaka) supplied to them produced higher yield as compared to their local variety. They reported that the new variety is very much responsive to inorganic fertilizers like urea and resistant to lodging. But in few cases may be because of soil fertility and water stress or some other reasons, reported that the variety is of shorter plant height and low straw, small and shorter ear length.
With the successful implementation of wheat seed program in 2014-2015 and the joint support of the Dzongkhag extension, Gewog, Commodity co-ordinator and NSC, the winter crop intensification program can be further up scaled gradually meeting the domestic seed demand internally.
 
Date of Posting: 16 September 2015
Posted By: National seed Center

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