Watermelon will soon be an important cash crop for farmers in Phuntshopelri gewog, Samtse. A ‘Sugar Baby’ variety of water melon was introduced in the gewog in December 2019 to provide an alternative source of income and encourage farmers and youth groups. Locally raised seedlings were planted in the field of a farmer, Mon Bdr. Mongar at Chhunag covering 0.4 acres of land.
Awareness training was also provided to all 21 Chhunag households covering the water melon cultivating technology such as nursery raising, construction of low cost polytunnel, planting, mulching, irrigation and pest and disease management practices.
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