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.
The winter chili intensification is supported with supports from the Commercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihoods Enhancement Program ( CARLEP – IFAD MoAF).
Additional 80 acres area were identified for winter chilli production for Mega production in Dechenling, Norbugang, Chimung and Shumar which will be implemented based on commercial production plan soon to be finalized.
-Tshering Yenten, Agriculture Extension Supervisor, Nanong and Compiled by Research Communications, ARDC Wengkhar