English | Dzongkha Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Dagana growing more mandatory vegetables

Considering the vegetable farming boom the country is witnessing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bhutan could be well on course to achieving self-sufficiency in terms of vegetables. In Dagana, farmers of all 14 gewogs are working to increase their vegetable production. And this time, their focus is more on growing onion, tomato, chilli and cauliflower.

Three men take up commercial vegetable farming, Pema Gatshel

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of difficulties. On the other hand, for some, it came as an opportunity. Farmers in the country benefited largely from the situation as the pandemic necessitated controlled import of vegetables. Today, many farmers are seizing the opportunity and focusing on increasing production. In Pema Gatshel, a group of men have come together to produce high-value vegetables.

Mass cultivation of Indian hybrid chilli, Pema Gatshel

If there is anything good from the pandemic, it’s the lesson to be self-sufficient. The situation has now become conducive to reflect on the food system and adopt a new approach. Getting food from farm to fork right in the country has never been thought about so aggressively.

A youth cooperative group takes up mass winter chilli cultivation, Zhemgang

A youth cooperative group of Panbang in Zhemgang takes up mass winter chilli cultivation this time with the shortage of green chillies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say if successful, the group will have plenty of green chillies by end of January next year.

Restoration of an irrigation channel enables cultivation of more than 10 acres of fallow land

More and more land left fallow in the past is now being used for cultivation. The concept of food self-sufficiency is becoming even more important with borders closed due to the pandemic. 

Farmers in Trongsa looking forward to the livestock insurance scheme

If the livestock insurance scheme comes into effect, it will cover 60 per cent of the loss of livestock lost to wild animals. However, farmers will have to pay a certain annual premium and insure their cattle. According to the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), the draft scheme is with the cabinet for finalisation.

Towards uninterrupted irrigation water supply, Thanggoo and Wangjokha in Wangdue

The irrigation canal that has long served the people of Thanggoo and Wangjokha under Thedtsho Gewog of Wangdue Phodrang will be renovated if things go as planned. With complaints that have come along with the facility coming of age and, in need of repair and more sustainable options, the gewog administration is considering replacing the facility’s drains with pipes. 

High school students build a robot to help maintain physical distancing

At a time when maintaining physical distance has become crucial, robots can play an important role in freeing up medical staff at hospitals and limiting the possibility of the spread of COVID-19.

A man quits restaurant business for chilli farming amid COVID-19 situation, Trongsa

A 36-year-old man in Trongsa left his restaurant business for chilli farming amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He went back to his village in Changray under Draagteng Gewog in Trongsa after the directives from the government for physical distancing leading to a drastic fall in the number of customers in his restaurant.

Turning slopes into arable fields, Goshing in Zhemgang

Farmers of Lamthang in Goshing Gewog of Zhemgang now have increased arable land. A sustainable land management intervention is turning their lands on slopes into agriculturally viable fields. 

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