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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ། སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ། སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ།

སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre

Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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A team from Bhutan consisting of two officials – Mr. Tsheten Dorji, Principal Investigator and Mr. Thinley Dorji, Co-Principal Investigator of the Phase II Soil+ project funded by the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) attended a four day workshop from June 18-21, 24 at the Bureau of Soil and Water Management at Manila in the Philippines. The workshop titled, “International workshop and Symposium on Development of Soil Atlas & National Soil Information System for Soil health and Other Applications’’ was organized by BSWM and co-organized by Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) of the Asian and Pacific Region with funding support from AFACI, Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea.

The main objectives of the workshop were 1) to present first year country project report on AFACI SOIL+ Phase II of the Technical Cooperation Project (TCP)between AFACI and member countries 2) to participate in post project review and learning workshop of the first phase of the TCP 3) to attend International Symposium on Development of Soil Atlas of Asia and National Soil Information System for Soil Health & Other Applications.

Bhutan highlighted the accomplishments of the project’s initial phase, expressing gratitude to AFACI and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. These collaborations resulted in the creation of the first-ever national soil map, 18 gridded soil property maps, and soil atlas of Bhutan.

Additionally, the team took part in a post-project review and learning workshop, where they led Group 2, comprising Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia in facilitating discussions, preparation, and presentations on the achievements and challenges from the first phase of the TCP, and provided suggestions for future project activities. The first year of the second phase of the TCP saw member countries build and enhance existing soil database using improved and standardized sampling strategies and data collection methods.

The team were also engaged in one day international expert symposium on soils, which was followed by poster presentations from selected member countries and a field visit to Diaspora Farm to study and describe a soil profile.

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