English | Dzongkha Friday, July 30, 2021

Farmers lose potatoes to flash flood, Phobjikha

Two households in Khyimdro-Nemphel chiwog under Phobji Gewog in Wangdue Phodrang lost their ready-to-harvest potatoes to a flash flood on Monday night.

Unemployed youth take up farming, Pema Gatshel

With many people losing jobs and facing career insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some youth in Nanong Gewog in Pema Gatshel are now exploring options in farming to sustain their livelihood. 

Seven organic seeds launched in Paro

In a build-up to achieve 100 per cent organic nation status by the year 2035, the National Seed Centre in Paro launched seven organic seeds on 14th July.

FCB struggles to auction potatoes in Samdrup Jongkhar

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited or FCB’s office in Samdrup Jongkhar struggled to auction potatoes yesterday. This is because the bidders could not meet the FCB’s base price during the online auction. However, after much negotiation, they were able to sell all the potatoes today. The FCB started conducting potato auctions online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without a proper water source, farmers worried about paddy transplantation in Trashigang

As farmers in Jamoong-Kumoong chiwog under Bartsham Gewog in Trashigang gear up to transplant paddy, the irrigation water shortage cripples them every paddy transplantation season. With no proper water source, farmers have been depending on a temporary supply for more than four decades.

FCB conducts potato auctions online amid the pandemic

The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) has started conducting potato auctions online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is also strictly enforcing Plant Quarantine Rules on potato export which mandates exporters to obtain a certificate from the authority before exporting their goods. FCB and BAFRA officials are currently sensitising farmers and local leaders in various districts about the auctioning system and the new regulations.

Agriculture ministry to export vegetables to India via Gelegphu and Samdrup Jongkhar

The agriculture ministry plans to export vegetables from Gelegphu and SamdrupJongkhar after the Indian government decided to allow the import of chilli, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, peas and soybean from Bhutan through the Plant Quarantine Station at Jaigaon since yesterday.

Samdrup Jongkhar farmers struggle to sell chillies

Following the shortage of chillies in the country last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers in Samdrup Jongkhar started cultivating the spice on a larger scale this season. The yield is bountiful. But the market isn’t as promising as the yield.

Guarding paddy from birds, a daunting task- Wangdue Phodrang

Some five years ago, 40 households of Rinchhengang Toed and Maed under Thedtsho Gewog in Wangdue Phodrang revived the practice of cultivating paddy twice a year. This meant an increased grain in their store. However, of late, they have been battling birds feeding on their summer paddy, especially the wild sparrows. 

Farmers in Trong Gewog lose almost 80% of their maize to armyworm, Zhemgang

Farmers of Krispy Pam, Tingbi Pam, and Dhangkhar under Trong Gewog in Zhemgang yet again lost their maize to armyworm infestation. They say losing their crop to the armyworm every year is taking a toll on their interest in farming. This year, they lost almost 80 per cent of the crop.

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