22 January, Mongar: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests will distribute a power tiller for every gewogs of six eastern dzongkhags within this month. The initiative started from Lhuentse and Mongar dzongkhags today.
The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji handed over eight power tillers to the gewog agriculture extension agents in the presence of the gups of their respective gewogs in Lhuentse this morning. The minister said that it’s his hope that the power tillers will prove useful to all the farmers while also urging them to take good care of it. He further informed that while every gewog will have at least one power tiller each, more will be supplied as per the needs of each gewogs.
The chairman of Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) of Lhuentse thanked the government on behalf of the people of the dzongkhag. He said that the power tillers will not only help the farmers in tilling their land but also during emergencies.
The program director from the Agriculture Machinery Center (AMC) at paro briefed the extension agents and local leaders on the guidelines regarding the leasing of the power tillers. He also informed that the training of operators and technical backstopping will be provided by the center or the regional centers.
Similarly, seventeen power tillers have been handed over to the extension agents of Mongar dzongkhag in the afternoon. The speaker of the national assembly urged people to make use of the power tiller harmoniously. He also thanked the government on behalf of the people of monger dzongkhag.
The ceremony is attended by the lam neten, dzongda, members of parliament, gups and RNR extension agents of each dzongkhag, officials from wengkhar RDC and AMC.
The gewogs of Trashi Yangtse, Trashigang, Pema Gathsel and Samdrup Jongkhar will receive their own power tillers within the next few days.
Reported by Kinley Tshering, ICS
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