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Vegetables in winter


Feb 22, 2011

More and more people in Sarpang Dzongkhag are taking up vegetable cultivation during the winter.

In the past, the villagers seldom grew vegetables in the winter though they did cultivate vegetables in the summer.

Farmers from Hilley, Singey and Shompangkha Geogs under Sarpang Dzongkhag started cultivating vegetable in the winter from last year with support from the agriculture extension office in their geogs. The agriculture extension office provides seeds free to the farmers.

One of the farmers who took up vegetable cultivation in the winter is Nainakala Homagai in Darjaythang village under Shompangkha Geog.

For her, business has been good. Last year, she allocated about 50 decimals of her land for vegetable cultivation. This year, she has decided to expand, allocating double the land area solely for vegetable cultivation.

Her house is also strategically located on the Sarpang-Gelephu highway. This means she does not have to bother taking her garden fresh vegetables to the local market. Civil servants and office goers, many of whom pass by her house, buy her vegetables straight off the garden.

She grows a wide variety of vegetables including beans, cauliflowers, chilies, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, spinach, cabbages and potatoes.

Now, Nainakala is dreaming big. In the not so distant future, she hopes to supply vegetables to the capital Thimphu and other neighbouring dzongkhags during the winter.

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