Highlanders gear up to produce green and fresh vegetables

Low-cost plastic house
Low-cost plastic house

With the installation of four plastic houses for the first time, initiated by the agriculture extension, highlanders of Naro gewog under Lingzhi drungkhag will be able grow and consume fresh and green vegetables, come this summer. One plastic house was installed on cost sharing basis by a vegetable group where beneficiaries borne 20% of the total cost, while three others were low cost plastic house constructed with locally available materials where government provided only plastic sheets.

As of now, the highlanders used to buy vegetables from vegetable vendors in Thimphu and Paro. Although they maintain small kitchen garden, the growing season is very short due to harsh climatic conditions. Hence, they would stock dry vegetables for consumption both during and off-season.

Earlier, they produced very little or most used to buy vegetables from markets. But with the installation of plastic houses, it is expected that over the years, they will be able to be self-sufficient in vegetables. If they grow in surplus, they can also sell to the tourist and other visitors that flock the villages during the season.

Plastic house installation underway
Plastic house installation underway

The main objectives of such initiative was to fulfil vegetable self-sufficiency of the highlanders as well cater to the vegetable demands of local schools, drungkhag staff, tourist and other visitors.

Materials worth almost Nu. 100,000 was supported by Horticulture division of Department of Agriculture which provided plastic sheet and other paraphernalia required for the installation. With the support, farmers of Lingzhi and Naro geowgs were trained on plastic house installation and vegetables management, which includes nursery raising to plant protection.

Following the training, vegetable seeds of open and hybrid varieties were also distributed. It includes cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli), radish, carrot and other leafy vegetables.

 

Submitted by: Pem Zam,  Agriculture Extension, Naro gewog Lingzhi Drungkhag              

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