English | Dzongkha Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Many in Samtse want to exchange their land with government reserve land

An increasing number of landowners in Samtse want to exchange their land with the government reserve land. Today, some of them live in constant fear of flash floods washing away their homes and land.  There are others unable to grow any crops as their land have turned barren due to erosion.

Upland paddy cultivation declining in the east

Upland paddy cultivation known as Pangbara or Kamja, was once popular in the mid and low altitude regions in the eastern part of the country. However, with easily available imported rice in the market, the upland paddy cultivation has been declining. But some villagers of Philooma chiwog in Samdrup Jongkhar are still practising the age-old tradition.

Upland paddy in Khangma of Pema Gatshel – a glimmer of hope for farmers

While a lot decided to depend on easily accessible and imported rice, two men in Khangma in Pema Gatshel worked a little harder. In the last more than five months, they have proven that with a lot of perseverance and a little bit of resource, anything can be possible. Since the last time upland paddy was cultivated in the community in 2015, they revived it recently. And their paddy is fruiting now.

New water source for irrigation enables Nawakha farmers cultivate paddy on time

Almost every year during paddy transplantation season, most farmers of Nawakha village in Punakha would be struggling with shortage of irrigation water. But not this time. A new reliable water source has helped the farmers transplant paddy on time without having to struggle. And with the harvest season just around the corner, the villagers are hopeful of a bountiful yield. 

Paddy fields left fallow due to shortage of irrigation water

Rice is an extraordinarily thirsty crop. Studies estimate that growing a kilogram of the crop requires around 12 drums (2500 liters) of water. But the farmers of Samdrupchhoeling chiwog in Samdrup Jongkhar are unable to meet this requirement. So, some of them have left their paddy fields fallow.

Fallow land turned into commercial farm of Adzuki beans, Monggar

A group of farmers in Tsakaling Gewog of Monggar has revived about three acres of wetland which was left fallow for more than a decade. They converted it into a commercial farm in July this year. They are cultivating Adzuki beans, a bushy non-climbing bean species, which is in high demand in and abroad. 

Hydroponics- easier way of farming

It is a general belief that growing your own food demands that you get your hands dirty. But what if there is an easier way? There is, and it is already happening. The practice of growing plants and crops in water without any use of soil is slowly catching the attention of the urban population in the country. Claimed as a new and easier form of doing farming, Hydroponics is attracting youth to see agriculture from a different perspective.

Farmers of Gesarling chiwog unable to grow rice due to water shortage

For decades, farmers of Gesarling chiwog of Gesarling Gewog in Dagana couldn’t cultivate paddy. They had to do away with paddy cultivation after the water source which is used for both irrigation and consumption started drying up.

Pemathang Gewog without an agriculture extension officer for almost a year

It is the season to cultivate vegetables in Samdrup Jongkhar, but farmers of Pemathang are worried. The gewog has been without an agriculture extension officer for almost a year. An agriculture extension officer works together with farmers and provides technical support and farming materials.

FCB branch office in Khangma lacks proper storage facility

Unlike in the past, farmers in the east no longer go to Samdrup Jongkhar to sell potatoes. The Food Corporation of Bhutan is collecting the produce from their doorstep. But the corporation’s branch office in Khangma in Trashigang is finding it difficult to store it.

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