Seven women choose farming to vocational training

Email

A farming group made of seven class 10 graduates in Norbugang, Pemagatshel have started cultivating paddy

A farming group made of seven class 10 graduates in Norbugang, Pemagatshel have started cultivating paddy.

It is the women’s first attempt to grow paddy on two acres of leased government land.

Some of them had qualified for vocational training but they chose to stay back to take up farming. They claim that they want to introduce modern farming practices in the village.

Sonam Norzom, 19, claimed that she got selected for technical training institute (TTI) in Rangjung, Trashigang but she decided to take up farming. “It’s difficult to find employment even after graduating,” she said.

A group member, Sonam Pelmo, 19, from Gashari, said she completed class 10 from Nganglam Central School in 2015 and stayed home helping her parents.

She said the dzongkhag agriculture officer (DAO) suggested the group members to take up farming. “The DAO took us to Sikkim, India, for six days to show us farming practices and winter vegetables.”

Another member, Rinzin Dekar, 19, said that while they cultivate paddy, their main target is to cultivate winter vegetables, especially chillies. “We want to sell our vegetables and chillies in all 20 dzongkhags.”

She said they formed the group hoping they will learn innovative farming ideas when they work in a group.

Rinzin Dekar said the dzongkhag agriculture office donated them a mini power tiller and that they are planning to procure agricultural farming machinery and utility vehicles.

While the members say that their parents help them operate the power tillers, many in the locality do not support them, saying they will not be able to take up farming.

A member, Sonam Yuden, 21, said the members have to prove to the community that they can farm. “We face a shortage of labourers and irrigation water.”

She said the members have to pay Nu 200 for labourers and they get irrigation water only every two days.

The members say they are exploring the possibility of getting more government land on lease in future. “It would help if officials help us with electric fencing and green house to grow vegetables.”

They say that the dzongkhag agriculture sector assured them to get more land on lease and provide farming tools.

This article first appeared on Kuensel by Kelzang Wangchuk


Tag Cloud

Related Posts

A month of love and labour

The month-long summer vacation for students mean longer days fun, frolic and work with their parents

Jul 31, 2017 16:41

Bhutan Ranks 134th Out Of 189 Countries On The Human Development...

Bhutan has climbed a step up from its 135th rank in 2016, according to the Human Development Indices and Indicators.

Sep 19, 2018 16:25

National Assembly Election 2018: Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa And Druk...

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa secured 92,722 votes and Druk Phuensum Thosgpa secured 90,020 votes.

Sep 15, 2018 21:50

Samdrup Jongkhar Aims To Be The First Plastic Free Town In Bhutan

It may take time for Samdrup Jongkgar to become a completely plastic-free town but the residents will work towards...

Sep 11, 2018 16:56

New DrukAir Route Linking Guwahati, Singapore And Paro Set To...

The route is expected to facilitate travel, trade and people to people exchange in Bhutan, Assam and Singapore as well...

Sep 02, 2018 15:42

Month-long Gross National Happiness Advocacy Programme Seeks To...

The Gross National Happiness team plans to visit at least seven colleges and 12 schools across the country.

Aug 31, 2018 12:28

Latest

News

Bhutan Ranks 134th Out Of 189 Countries On The Human Development Index

Bhutan has climbed a step up from its 135th rank in 2016, according to the Human Development Indices and Indicators.

Sep 19, 2018 16:25

National Assembly Election 2018: Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa And Druk Phuensum Thosgpa Through To General Round

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa secured 92,722 votes and Druk Phuensum Thosgpa secured 90,020 votes.

Sep 15, 2018 21:50

Features

Thruebab Or Blessed Rainy Day Held In Bhutan To Cleanse Bad Karma And Receive Blessings

Also known as the ‘Blessed Rainy Day’ in Bhutan, it is a holiday which marks the end of the monsoon season.

Sep 23, 2018 17:31

Drukgyel Dzong Which Used To House Sacred Bhutanese Documents Lost to A Fire In 1951, To Be Restored By 2022

The reconstruction works began in April 2016 after the command of His Majesty The King to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness (HRH)...

Sep 17, 2018 15:42

Sports

No Medals Won But Bhutan Was Recognised For Its Concept Of Happiness By Various News Outlets At The 18th Asian Games

Stephen Wade said that in the Olympics results, there is a direct correlation between how much money a country spends and how many medals...

Sep 20, 2018 17:10

Bhutanese Female Athlete Aces In Athletics And Boxing While Juggling Studies

Tandin was selected to compete at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia last month.

Sep 09, 2018 17:24

Business

Cultivation Of Avocado Looks Set To Take Off In Tsirang, Bhutan

A few farmers have already started selling avocados in the Sunday vegetable market for about Nu 250-350 a kilogram.

Sep 18, 2018 15:38

BEBL Group Aims To Export Bhutan’s Finest Agro-Products To New Markets Such As The Middle-East

Most of the Bhutanese commodities are absorbed within the Indian market, BEBL feels that the farmers are deprived of their deserving market...

Sep 14, 2018 17:52

Travel

Women In Ramthangka, Bhutan Pick Up New Languages Such As Korean And Chinese To Boost Sale Of Souvenirs

With tourists visiting the site at all hours of the day and almost every day, the women in Ramthangka are most often busy talking and...

Sep 22, 2018 15:03

Handicrafts Shops Thrives In Paro Selling Bhutanese Textile, Paintings, Bamboo Products And More

With businesses picking up fast as a result of the tourism boom, the handicraft shops in Paro have even formed a committee with a...

Sep 16, 2018 14:56

Lifestyle

Bhutan’s Legend - Pemi Tshewang Tashi Is Now Successfully Made Into A Comic And Animation Film

It is a tale of how Pemi Tshewang Tashi, a warrior in his time, gave up his personal life as he dutifully carried out his lord’s order of...

Sep 21, 2018 17:44

Miniature Bhutan Creates Amazing Artworks Out Of Pencil Lead And Rice Grains

Miniature Bhutan carves on the lead of pencil tips to make traditional miniature sculptures such as the Buddha, traditional bridges, swords...

Sep 10, 2018 12:44

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!