Sunkosh, Tsirang: Khamtey, a traditional variety from Phuntshothang, Samdrupjongkhar, is considered as one of the premium rice varieties because of its good eating quality. Owing to its better taste, the market for the variety is assured as signified by the quantities of Khamtey transported from Phuntshothang to other destinations by various entrepreneurs.
Rice is the main crop in Sunkosh village (350 m) and shares similar agro-ecological conditions particularly the air temperatures with that of Phuntshothang. Considering the similarity, a production evaluation trial on Khamtey was organised by RNRRDSC Tsirang in the 2015 cropping season in collaboration with Tsirang Dzongkhag Agriculture sector and National Biodiversity Center. The seed was originally sourced from Phuntshothang and two farmers from Sunkosh had volunteered to evaluate. The crop was raised entirely under the existing farmer’s management practices.
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