Lyonchhen visits Samtse Dzongkhag
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay accompanied by minister for agriculture and forests Lyonpo Yeshey Dorj and minister for information and communications, Lyonpo D N Dhungyel along with the three member of parliament from Samtse Dzongkhag visited several RNR activities and inaugurated some RNR interventions on their visit to the Dzongkhag on the 23rd and 24th May.
On 23rd May 2015 Lyonchhen inaugurated Tsajinsa Farm Road and met with beneficiaries and later held public meeting at Pemaling gewog centre. Tsajinsa Farm Road was constructed with Nu 1.78million with funding support from royal government and gewog development grants. The road will benefit 88 households.
Pemaling gewog is in full swing with activities such as Land development at Kataray with Spider Machine from Central Machinery Unit under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. Pemaling gewog bought four power tillers, two normal size and two smaller versions with funding support from Remote Rural Communities Development Project of the World Bank. During the public meeting the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji announced government will provide one power tiller for Pemaling gewog towards the end of the month and an additional one towards the end of the year.
In the afternoon Lyonchhen visited Jitti Lift Irrigation under Tashi Choeling Gewog. The lift irrigation which is under construction has a length of 3 KM with a command area of 250 acres. This irrigation scheme costing Nu 21million will benefit 71hh. After the visit Lyonchhen inaugurated Khangzangling farm road under SaNgaChoeling Gewog. The 4KM farm road will benefit 70 households. Later Lyonchhen visited the construction site of Kuchi Diana Irrigation channel under Yoedseltse gewog. The 6.27 KM long irrigation channel being built with Nu 57.6million has a command area of 800 acres benefitting 230 house holds
On the next day Lyonchhen visited National Jersey Breeding Centre n the way to Tading gewog. At Tading gewog Lyonchhen attended the ground breaking ceremony for Sherabling – Buka farm road. The 10.1KM road will be constructed departmentally using central machinery unit machines. The farm road is one of the longest amongst the four roads that are being constructed through the Remote Rural Community Development Project RRCDP). The others are Denchukha-Kaduri (6.2KM) & Denchukha-Pungtha (6.6KM) under Denchukha gewog, and Dungtoe-Kuche (6.1) under Dungtoed Ge- wog. Together the four roads will benefit 448hh, substantially reducing their walking distance. While the other three roads are tendered out, the Sherubling –Buka road construction will be done departmentally using CMU machines. In the process of construction the 2.5KM at the beginning of this road constructed earlier but rendered non-pliable due to landslides will also be improved with some changes in alignment too where necessary.
Several other RNR activities are also in full swing under Samtse Dzongkhag with funding support through various projects including RRCDP/World Bank and GoI. The RRCDP project has supplied a total of 60 cows and more than 3000 poultry birds within FY 2013/14 & 2014/15 to Dophuchen gewog. Some 4025 disease free citrus graftings worth 318000.00 were also supplied through RRCDP and citrus program benefitting 284 HH in Dophuchen and Dumtoe gewogs. Additionally, 47,665 nos of cardamom seedlings were also distributed through RRCDP to all the project areas under Samtse Dzongkhag. Orchard owners were provided with training on orchard management and Dzongkhag is supplied with protection gear, ear protection gear, power chain saws & gator sprayers for clearing disease infested orchards and managing new plants. Numbers of farmers were also trained on community forestry management with establishment of nurseries and plantation of high value timber in CFs in several communities.
The RRCDP project is also supporting several irrigation schemes amongst which a major one (5.10KM Birutar Irrigation Channel) worth Nu. 17.91million, covering a command area of 200acres, benefitting 235hh of Pemaling gewog has already begun. The project sub-component establishing community and marketing infrastructure is also benefitting beneficiaries in a big way. Project beneficiaries in a consultative participatory process choose and set their priorities within the given budget. So far two foot bridges have been constructed under Namgaychoeling gewog, two more under process in Norgagang and Tading gewog. A total of 5 power tillers are at different stages of procurement for Pemaling, Dophuchen, and Denchukha gewogs. Some 24 agro processing machines such as oil expeller, maize mills, rice hullers, etc are at various stages of procurement for Dophuchen, Dungtoed, Denchukha, NamgayChoeling and Tading gewogs and will be completed within FY 2014/15.