English | Dzongkha Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Narphung block affects Potato auction in SJ

Kinley Wangchuk, Samdrup Jongkhar
Aug 8, 2018

With the roadblock at Narphung on the Trashigang-Samdrup Jongkhar highway, farmers are not able to bring their potatoes to Samdrup Jongkhar auction yard.

More than five truckloads of potatoes are stranded at the block site, while the farmers wait in Samdrup Jongkhar for their potatoes.

“To reach here, we had to change about four vehicles.We left our potatoes at the block site. We are waiting for the road to be cleared,” Phuntsho, one of the affected farmers, said.

“It has been four days, our potatoes must be going bad.  We are also worried about the prices of the potatoes,” another affected farmer said.

In a day, the auction yard usually receives five truckloads of potatoes. But these days, due to the block, the auction yard is also empty.

Meanwhile, works are underway to clear the massive block, which occurred on August 4.

DANTAK officials say the block will be cleared by this evening. Narphung is about 62 kilometers from Samdrup Jongkhar towards Trashigang.

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