Jangdung farmers makes good income from winter chilli and plans to expand further

Posted on: 08 June 2021

Updates: With a technical and input backstopping from Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector and ARDC Sub-center Lingmithang , Jandung Gayza Dejung Detshen, a group of 19 active members in Jangdung village under Saling Gewog, Mongar ventured into winter chilli production on 2.5 acres of wetland in the paddy fallow system. The group tried with the cultivation of Indian hybrid chili variety SHP 2448 for the first time to meet the chili shortage during the off season. Read more

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Bumthang strawberry outreach found to be promising!

Posted on: 08 June 2021

Updates: Bumthang Dzongkhag with its suitable climate for soft fruits like strawberry could take up commercial scale straw berry production. Currently, there are only few farmers on commercial scale due to which it is an expensive fruit and moreover, the volume is so low that not much comes to in the local market.

In order to provide a viable income source for farmers, ARDC Wengkhar in 2019-20 with the Dzongkhag and gewog agriculture sector began an introduction program for Sweet Charlie variety propagated at ARDSC Khangma from the mother stock maintained at the subcentre. A total of some 1500 seedlings were distributed to 5 farmers. Read more

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Nanong Gewog in Pemagatshel starts Winter Chilli Planning

Posted on: 08 June 2021

Updates: In Pemagatshel Dzongkhag, Nanong, Shumar, Dechenling and Norbugang gewogs are the winter chilli growing areas. The Dzongkhag has planned winter chilli production on 65 acres in the FY 2021-22 .

Fresh chili scarcity in local markets starts from December till March. In suitable locations, the Dzongkhag is expediting a winter chilli production targeting to harvest from December onwards. Nanong Geog is the first to start planning for first staggered transplanting that begins in July this year.

The Geog Agriculture Extension Centre at Nanong has started preparing nursery in Zingri, Nanong on about an acre of land. A total of six sites covering 8 acres with 40 farmers are identified in Nanong for winter chilli and tomato cultivation. The chilli variety SHP 4884 and tomato variety PS 61 which are both hybrid varieties were tested earlier in the geog for cultivation. Read more

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Tomato: A New Enterprise for Highland Farmers of Haa

Haa is located in the cool temperate agro-ecological zone with a short growing season of just over six months. Haa represents a typical highland subsistence mountain farming systems, where commercial agribusinesses is often not sustainable due to difficult terrain, small volume of production and high cost of labour.

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