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NR&DCA conducts first kind Hands on Training to LUC youth on pond fish farming…

Two Land User Certificate (LUC) groups from Dorangthang LUC located under Samdrupcholing Drungkhag and Jangsa  LUC located under Jomotshangkha Drungkhag of Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag successfully completed weeklong hands-on training organized by National Research & Development Centre for Aquaculture (NR&DCA), Gelephu from 2-6th September, 2019. This LUC training was unprecedented in the history of NR&DCA, as we have created first-time record by training 19 participants (8 LUC members and 11 fish farmers). The participants were guided by Mr. Changchung, Livestock Production Supervisor of Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Samdrupjongkhar as aquaculture focal point. The funding of the training has been borne by the concerned Dzongkhag, as NR&DCA has no approved training funds for the current fiscal year. Welcoming the participants, Mr. Drukpola, Program Director of NR&DCA, Gelephu voiced out the concerns of His Majesty the King for the youth of the country now and future. The Program Director elaborated His Majesty’s visions to curb down the youth unemployment, reduce youth migration from rural to urban areas thereby reducing Gung tong and to enhance economic activities through use of State Reserve Forests land (SRF) through productive farming.

Realizing the significant importance of LUC project, NR&DCA cordially accepted the proposal to provide hands-on training without any second thought. Most importantly, NR&DCA could realize and fulfill the expectations of LUC members and fish farmers through providing both theoretical and practical aspects of aquaculture imparted by seasoned ichthyologists. Though, time was limited but LUC members keenly learned about principles of freshwater aquaculture, fish pond construction, fish pond management (pre-stocking, stocking and post-stocking), transportation of live fish after packaging, feeding through local feed formulation and fish propagation. Nonetheless, National Piggery Research and Development Centre (NPiRDC) provided LUC members basics of pig farming and its management.

The simple closing ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Towchu Rabgay, Chief, Research & Extension Division (RED), DoL to mark the importance of first-time LUC training for aquaculture. The Chief Guest highlighted the significance of training, reiterated the content of the training, and reminded to implement once the trainees are back to their farm premises. Moreover, Chief Guest also reminded the participants about the need of the day to doubling income of rural farmers and requested all to join hands  together for blue revolution  towards doubling the income of farmer, import reduction and attaining self-sufficiency in aquaculture products. Finally, the Chief Guest awarded the participants certificates of participation.

NR&DCA Management.