Government grants 60% fund for green house construction
The Agriculture ministry granted funds to five villagers in Paro to construct a green house in their lands to grow vegetables. The move is initiated to promote a practice within the Agrarian society to produce vegetables all year along.
The construction of each of these green houses is expected to cost around Nu 97,000. In this the government will only grant 60% of the total cost which means the individuals has to pay Nu 38,000.
However there are also plans to encourage more people in this activity if this initial move works out as planned. With these activities the local authorities say that the people will be able to acquire fresh vegetables even in the winter months.
Continuous rainfall deprived students of nutrition
Two months of continuous and heavy rainfall in Dechhenling gewog under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag had left the community cut off from all the basic necessities.
“The major problem is unavailability of nutritious vegetables and rations for the 345 students of Dechhenling Lower secondary school,” said the Gewog Gup Sonam Rinchen.
He said there were around 35 spots where major road blocks occurred and due to bad road conditions, food transportation was hindered.
In that period the school administration and gewog administration tried to supply rations on horseback and porters.
Besides the school students, the business community and people had to hoard grocery items when the problem was severe.
Further, the gewog had to put on hold the water sources maintenance works due to bad road conditions. The transportation of construction materials procured from Nganglam cannot be delivered unless the road gets cleared.
Two months later, the road block was cleared on 19 August and local community hopes to have a better life.
Gewog on the verge of completing irrigation channel
Maintenance works on irrigation channels in three gewogs in Punakha has already started and it is on the verge of completion.
The yearly budget allocated for irrigation channels is Nu 0.3mn.
The three gewogs of Bap, Talo and Guma has the longest irrigation channel of 26 kms.
“This initiative was started under the reign of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and it was first started by a group of army,” said Gewog Administrative Officer Tshewang Dorji
Talo has five chiwogs with 351 households comprising a population of 2000.
Development plan drafted for gewog in 11th Five Year Plan
The main priority in Wangchang gewog’s development goal for the 11th five year plan will be drinking water and poverty reduction.
This was discussed extensively with all the local leaders and one of the main issues that came up was about drinking water as well as irrigation water supply which gave rise to lots of disputes. However the gewog’s development goals for the 10th five year plan is almost been achieved and will be completed before December.
One of Wangchang’s 10th plan goals was to construct a farm road along the Chang Nangka stretch, but since the road had to be constructed through a land which belonged to a villager a dispute rose between the gewog authorities and the villager.
The villager is expected to file a case with the dzongkhag court later this month on the matter.