Power tillers for each Gewog

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests dis­trib­uted a power tiller each for ev­ery Gewogs of six eastern dzongkhags this month. The ini­tia­tive started from Lhuentse and Mon­gar dzongkhags last week.

The Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Forests handed over eight power tillers to the gewog agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion agents in the pres­ence of the Gups of their re­spec­tive gewogs in Lhuentse . The min­is­ter said that it’s his hope that the power tillers will prove use­ful to all the farm­ers while also urg­ing them to take good care of it. He fur­ther in­formed that while ev­ery gewog will have at least one power tiller each, more will be sup­plied as per the needs of each gewogs.

The pro­gram direc­tor from the Agri­cul­ture Ma­chin­ery Cen­ter (AMC) at Paro briefed the ex­ten­sion agents and lo­cal lead­ers on the guide­lines re­gard­ing the leas­ing of the power tillers. He also in­formed that the train­ing of op­er­a­tors and tech­ni­cal back­stop­ping will be pro­vided by the cen­ter or the re­gional cen­ters.

Sim­i­larly, seven­teen power tillers have been handed over to the ex­ten­sion agents of Mon­gar dzongkhag the same day. The speaker of the na­tional as­sem­bly urged peo­ple to make use of the power tiller har­mo­niously. He also thanked the gov­ern­ment on be­half of the peo­ple of Mon­gar dzongkhag.

The Gewog ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers will man­age the power tillers and will be sent on hire to the farm­ers fol­lowed by guide­lines of the hir­ing sys­tem.

The rate to­day has been fixed at Nu 1,400 a day in­clud­ing charges to the op­er­a­tor, fuel and main­te­nance.

The power tillers were sourced through sup­port from the Ja­panese Gov­ern­ment un­der KR II grant. Eight Gewogs of Lhuentse and Trashi Yangtse and 17 Gewogs of Mong­gar have al­ready re­ceived the power tillers. Later it will be dis­trib­uted to Pema Gat­shel and Sam­drup Jongkhar.

The gov­ern­ment has again re­quested the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency ( JICA) for 400 more power tillers to be de­liv­ered on the first batch against the re­quest for 1,450 power tillers. The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment has in prin­ci­ple agreed for the help and the mat­ter is be­ing dis­cussed and to be con­sid­ered,

With more than 70% of our pop­u­la­tion that earns their liveli­hood in agri­cul­ture and th­ese power tillers will make their live much eas­ier. How­ever it al­ways needs bet­ter man­age­ment and stream­ling in the hir­ing pro­ce­dures for the ef­fec­tive use of the ma­chine.

This be­comes the part of the PDP man­i­festo for a power tiller in each chi­wog and more as per their man­i­festo many be on the way. Two he­li­copters, bank in each gewog and a ser­vice en­ter as promised.

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