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.
Although the group began cultivation bit late due to paddy harvest, yet the group managed to harvest 2360 kilograms of chili and marketed 2300 kilograms at weekend markets of Lingmithang, Gyelpozhing, and Mongar and even to Lhuentse. For the first few weeks they have sold chillies at Nu 350 to 400 per kg but now due to the abundance of chillies in market from other gewogs they have reduced the price to Nu.100 per kg. The first trial of cultivating winter chilli is a massive success as the group has managed to earn total income of Nu. 470,000 which has encouraged them to plan for upscaling the production area by almost 100 % to some 5 acres.
The winter chili program in Jangdung is supported through The ECP supports to Mongar Dzongkhag.
– Nim Dem and Sonam Yangden, Agriculture Extension Supervisors of Saleng Geog and Choki Wangchuk, ARDSC Lingmethang. Compiled by Research Communication, ARDC Wengkhar