Ly­onch­hen vis­its Samtse Dzongkhag

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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.

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