Yusipang Centre was initially established as the Horticulture Research Station and was graciously inaugurated by His Late Majesty, the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck on 25 May 1969. The main focus then was research in horticulture crops and train agriculture staff at the same time. Many of our senior colleagues who served the rural communities in remote areas under the Department of Agriculture were trained at Yusipang.
With assistance from the International Potato Centre (CIP), the Department of Agriculture established the Applied Research Centre (ARC) at Yusipang in 1981 by the side of Horticulture Research Station. ARC then mainly focussed on research and development of potato crop. Potato research and extension activities were carried out at national level, with the establishment of Bhutan National Potato Programme (BNPP), between 1983 and 1994, with financial support from the Swiss government disbursed through the SDC/Helvetas Coordination Office based in Thimphu.
Following the major re-organization exercise within the Ministry of Agriculture in 1994, the former independent research programmes of field crops, forestry, horticulture and livestock were consolidated into a network of four Research Centres spread across the country. Each centre was given a national and regional mandates. With the launching of the integrated concept, the centres were renamed as the Renewable Natural Resources Research Centres (RNR-RCs). The RNR RC Yusipang, with the national mandates for forestry research was established physically in 1996 and is responsible to provide technical support to the Western Region, covering Chhukha, Ha, Paro, Samtse and Thimphu Dzongkhags. Initially, the major fund support was provided by SDC/Helvetas. The Research Centre (RC) was further renamed as Research and Development Centre (RDC) in 2008 with the advent of constitutional democracy.
RDC Yusipnag is located at an altitude of 2650 meters above sea level on the lateral highway 15 km from the capital city Thimphu. The total land area of 107 acres offers enough space for on-station experiments for all sectors. The main office complex comprises of research and administrative blocks, laboratory, conference hall and a library with more than 15,000 books on various subjects, with major holdings on forestry.
The RNR research sub-centre (RNR-RSC) Darla is located in Chhukha Dzongkhag in the south-western part of Bhutan at an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level. The centre has land area of 30 acres for on station research purpose. The centre is responsible to carry out relevant sectoral research in the subtropical zone and provide technical support to Chhukha and Samte Dzongkhags.