Phuntshothang farm cultivates Khamtey in 100 acres of land

Phuntshothang commercial farm in Samdrup Jongkhar will be completing the cultivation of 100 acres of Khamtey, a popular rice variety in a few days.

According to Jitshen Wangchuk, the transplantation work was started on July 10 as a part of the contingency plan amid this COVID19 pandemic situation.

The farm cultivates at least 85 acres of Khamtey every year producing around 40 metric tonnes of paddy as a contribution to achieving the goal of self-sufficiency in the country.

Usually, Khamtey is considered as a late variety. The transplantation work can be extended until the end of August.

Many people don’t prefer growing the Khamtey because of its tall height which gets easily damaged by heavy wind. It would yield a maximum of 700-900 kgs from an acre of land that too on an idle situation.

However, it fetches a good price for its taste and aroma. Many people also prefer Khamtey because of its softness while eating.

The wildlife such as the elephant is a regular issue in the area. Despite such challenges, the staff is putting their best effort to ensure their hard work pays off at the end.

-ICTD with photos by Tshewang Rinzin, Phuntshothang Farm Manager

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