July 23-25, Trongsa: A hands on training to install locally fabricated solar electric fencing was conducted in Jangbi village under the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park (JSWNP) for the park staffs and ten farmers of Jangbi community. The training first of its kind in the national park familiarised the trainees on the principles of functioning, methods of installation and management for sustainability.
The training began with a half day theory class with basic introduction to the method. In the opening remarks, the park manager informed the participants, the need for strong collaboration between government and people for securing wildlife habitats in the ecologically sound manner. ‘Each and every species that is present in the wild have its own ecological values and as such we have to protect every single species, be it wild boar or tiger’, the park manager emphasised. The park manager advised the participants to make best use of the limited resources to have greater implications in the future, before handing over the floor to resource person, Mr. Tshewang Norbu from the Research Development Centre-Yusipang.
Solar electric fencing, a locally fabricated method to guard the crops from wild animals through psychological barrier is the most sought method by farmers after its numerous success stories across the country. Mr. Tshewang briefed the participants on the principles of functioning of solar electric fencing, material requirements, installation, future management and maintenances along with the pros and cons and legality to use electric fencing. ‘Awareness on the use of solar electric fencing is the most vital key to its success’, he said.
The hands on training was conducted in the field where the trainees vigorously handled the materials in making insulators, ground preparation, wiring, setting up energiser and solar panel until current started flowing thorough the fencing. The training has helped the park staffs to gain adequate knowledge in further delivering such methods to other communities in respective park ranges. ‘If we need to install electric fencing in future, we don’t have to seek external resource person. Now, I can easily educate the people in my jurisdiction on the use of electric fencing’, Mr. Sangay Tshewang, Adha Ranger said with a pride after the exhaustive field training.
The Chiwog Tshogpa on behalf of the farmers thanked the park management and resource person for sparing their valuable time with Jangbi community. ‘I am now optimistic that the farmers will get 100% reap during the harvest season, which otherwise is lost to wild boar, deer and sambar’, he added.
The training was managed by the park through limited RGoB budget with materials from the World Bank IDA credit project titled ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia South’ under the Wildlife Conservation Division.
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