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.
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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