Ringphu & Gangrithang villages under Jurmey geog, Mongar Dzongkhag
is located within the altitude range of 500-2000 masl and falls under warm temperate region with an average annual rainfall of 600-800 mm which makes it potential for surplus production of maize and potato crops in the region
However, one of the major issues recurring annually is the crop loss and damage due to wild animals like deer, wild boar, monkeys and other wild vertebrates that necessitates introduction of electric fencing technologies which is so far proven to be one of the effective solutions. Mr. Pema Chogyel, a proponent of electric fencing technology claimed more than 50% of maize production losses from wildlife depredation last year due to lack of physical barrier separating the field from thick forest vegetation.
Survey & feasibility studies
The group of three farmers namely Pema Chophel, Dorji Chozom and Sangay Wangchuk upon endorsement from the Gewog Tshogdey, the Agriculture Sector supported a group with required tools, equipment’s and technical support to materialized the proposal.
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The survey to measure the perimeter of the identified field for actual fencing was conducted with the assistance of group leader Pema Wangchuk and other members. The fields in pockets with connecting corridors measuring a total length of 1.9 km and area of 12
acres were fenced as per the demand.During the installation work, the peak labour requirement was during the field clearance, transportation and erection of poles and installation of wires which are carried out by the beneficiaries themselves with constant monitoring and technical support from the Extension Official. The mandatory documents such as Administrative approval from Gewog Office and approval to use electric current from Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) were duly sought.
In spite of limited sector fund, the electric fencing was successfully installed in both Ringphu & Gangrithang communities. The future support to these communities will be continued based on their requisition and performance. Like elsewhere in rural Bhutan, it is customary for farmers to contribute in service and kind while the government promotes new technologies including fund mobilization and technical supports.
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