SJI and Farmers at International Agri-Horti Show, Guwahati, Assam – Posted here to copy the model

Below is the post from Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative fecebook page (https://www.facebook.com/The-Samdrup-Jongkhar-Initiative-107928972612184/. We need to replicate this study tour conducted by SJI in the future for our Bongop farmers. Travelling and learning from others is the most important educational tool. Listed here as a page so that we can come back one day to this as our Bongop Tshogpa initative.

SJI and Farmers at International Agri-Horti Show, Guwahati, Assam

On the invitation of the Additional Chief Secretary & Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of Assam and the Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce, SJI led 7 farmers’ delegation to the 4th Assam International Agri-Horti Show. It was held from 6th – 9th January, 2017; it is an annual event. Two young farmers from Youth in Agriculture Program from Tsimasham, Chukha also participated in the show.

540 exhibitors from 10 countries exhibited horticulture, floriculture, system of rice intensification (SRI) plantation, farming machinery including irrigation technology and tools, bamboo craft, seeds, processed food products, spices, compost, etc. Over 200000 people visited the show every day.

Our farmers exhibited dried vegetables, traditional seeds, grains and zero waste crafts (SJI). Farmer Sangay said, “There is so much to learn from them; but there is much more for them to learn from Bhutan – organic farming, our rich tradition and culture, which is far more valuable than economic returns and marketing”.

The SJI team and the farmers also visited Chhaygaon, 70 km distant from Guwahati, to meet the SRI farmers (supported by an NGO). SJI will organize a farmers’ exchange program during the forthcoming plantation season. Possibility of creating SRI farmers’ network will be explored. Marketing for dried vegetables will also be explored.