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Fields left fallow

Sep 22, 2011

More than 60 acres of paddy field in Woopkhar in Monggar have been left fallow this year for lack of irrigation water.

Apart from a small stream, the farmers rely on the Monsoon rains to irrigate their paddy fields. At times the Monsoon is too scanty. This year, it was late in arriving.

Phuntsho, the Ngatshang Gup, said “we have to depend on the Yawridrang stream for water, be it for drinking or irrigating our fields. If we cannot find an alternative water source, we have no choice but stop paddy cultivation.”

The situation in neighbouring Chaskar is no better. Here too, 70 percent of the land had to be left fallow this year. Only a few farmers managed to cultivate paddy making use of the late Monsoon rains.

The Mangmi of Chaskar said this is the first time that the paddy fields had to be left fallow.

Ngatshang’s only consolation this year is their maize and potato harvest which was bountiful. The yield was almost double according to the farmers. Maize is one of the main cash crops there.

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