English | Dzongkha Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Incessant rain affects paddy growers

Paddy growers are facing a tough time as heavy rain lashed in most parts of the country’s western and central regions causing damage to the matured crop ready for harvest. The continuous rain in the last two days has dashed the hopes of farmers.

Cardamom growers wish for better dryer

Cardamom growers in Pema Gatshel have been struggling without proper equipment to dry cardamom. At the moment, they use a locally made dryer which they say is time-consuming and affects their health.

Yangbari farmers take up winter chilli cultivation

Winter chilli farming was a success last year. It not only replaced the imported chillies but also became a source of income for many farmers. This has inspired farmers in Yangbari village under Gongdue Gewog in Monggar. 

Wildlife menace makes farmers leave land fallow in Paro

Human-wildlife conflict still remains a major problem in the country. Despite various efforts, farmers across the country are still plagued by the challenge in protecting their crops from wild animals.

Many in Samtse want to exchange their land with government reserve land

An increasing number of landowners in Samtse want to exchange their land with the government reserve land. Today, some of them live in constant fear of flash floods washing away their homes and land.  There are others unable to grow any crops as their land have turned barren due to erosion.

Upland paddy cultivation declining in the east

Upland paddy cultivation known as Pangbara or Kamja, was once popular in the mid and low altitude regions in the eastern part of the country. However, with easily available imported rice in the market, the upland paddy cultivation has been declining. But some villagers of Philooma chiwog in Samdrup Jongkhar are still practising the age-old tradition.

Upland paddy in Khangma of Pema Gatshel – a glimmer of hope for farmers

While a lot decided to depend on easily accessible and imported rice, two men in Khangma in Pema Gatshel worked a little harder. In the last more than five months, they have proven that with a lot of perseverance and a little bit of resource, anything can be possible. Since the last time upland paddy was cultivated in the community in 2015, they revived it recently. And their paddy is fruiting now.

New water source for irrigation enables Nawakha farmers cultivate paddy on time

Almost every year during paddy transplantation season, most farmers of Nawakha village in Punakha would be struggling with shortage of irrigation water. But not this time. A new reliable water source has helped the farmers transplant paddy on time without having to struggle. And with the harvest season just around the corner, the villagers are hopeful of a bountiful yield. 

Paddy fields left fallow due to shortage of irrigation water

Rice is an extraordinarily thirsty crop. Studies estimate that growing a kilogram of the crop requires around 12 drums (2500 liters) of water. But the farmers of Samdrupchhoeling chiwog in Samdrup Jongkhar are unable to meet this requirement. So, some of them have left their paddy fields fallow.

Fallow land turned into commercial farm of Adzuki beans, Monggar

A group of farmers in Tsakaling Gewog of Monggar has revived about three acres of wetland which was left fallow for more than a decade. They converted it into a commercial farm in July this year. They are cultivating Adzuki beans, a bushy non-climbing bean species, which is in high demand in and abroad. 

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