Villages in Wangdue Prepare for Kiwi Plantation
The Agriculture extension supervisor of Dakar said that people of the gewog are interested to grow kiwi due to good price it fetches in the market.
In the province of Wangdue, 666 kiwi seedlings were supplied to 11 gewogs on February 26 as a measure to diversify crop production and to reduce import into Bhutan.
Each gewog received 50 female and 10 male kiwi seedlings of the Hayward variety.
Kiwi seedlings provided to “progressive farmers”
The dzongkhag’s agriculture officer, Sonam Zangpo, said that the gewog extension officers would identify and provide the seedlings to “progressive farmers” who were doing good work and could bring good outputs. Technical support will also be provided.
Sonam Zangpo said that growing the crop was feasible as it had been successful at the Agriculture Research and Development Centre in Bajo.
About the kiwi fruit
Also known as Chinese gooseberries, Kiwi fruits which are native to China, are nutrient rich. A popular health fruit, it is full of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C as well as potassium, magnesium, and fiber. The crop will take about three to four years to bear fruit.
The Agriculture extension supervisor of Rubeisa, Choki Nima, said that the gewog is yet to start planting the seedlings.
“However, we will not identify more than two farmers to grow the crop.”
Gase Tshowom’s agriculture extension officer, Chimi Lhamo, said that the gewog has plans to distribute the seedlings to two farmers.
Interest in cultivating kiwi fruit in Bhutan
The Agriculture extension supervisor of Dakar said that people of the gewog are interested to grow the crop due to good price it fetches in the market.
She said the seedlings would be distributed to two households so that the farmers could take care of them well. “The gewog is currently in the process of clearing the land for the plantation.”
Sonam Zangpo said that if the crop does well in the dzongkhag, more seedlings would be supplied in the future.
By Karma Cheki in Wangdue (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)