Power tillers for Wang­due and Pu­nakha Dzongkhags

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The Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests, Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji handed over twenty six power tillers to the Thrizins of Pu­nakha and Wang­due Dzongkhags last Wed­nes­day. Out of which, eleven power tillers are for Pu­nakha and fif­teen for Wang­due . With this handed over, it will cover 106 ge­ogs as of now. He also ex­pressed his in­ter­est to pro­vide the same to the rest 99 ge­ogs as soon as pos­si­ble.

These power tillers will mit­i­gate farm labour short­ages op­ti­miz­ing land uti­liza­tion and land in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, pro­mot­ing agri­cul­ture com­mer­cial­iza­tion. While the hir­ing ser­vices will im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the farm ma­chiner­ies to mar­ginal and poor farm­ers who can­not af­ford to own the ma­chiner­ies.

The power tillers will be sta­tioned in re­spec­tive geog or agen­cies un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests whereby man­age­ment and hir­ing of the ma­chine will be taken care by geog ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers. As per the In­terim geog power tiller hir­ing guide­line, the hir­ing rate is re­flected as Nu. 1400 per day which is in­clu­sive of ma­chine op­er­a­tors charge, fuel and the ba­sic main­te­nance.

‘I know it’s dif­fi­cult for one power tiller to ben­e­fit the en­tire geog but it’s bet­ter to have then none’ the Min­is­ter said in his inau­gu­ral speech. Ad­di­tion­ally Ly­onpo also asked the geog Thrizin and Ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers to pro­vide ded­i­cated ser­vices with eq­uity and trans­parency. Thus re­minded them that it laid in their hands to make a good use to ben­e­fit the peo­ple.

Fur­ther know­ing the con­straints, the Min­is­ter ex­pressed the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s plans to pro­vide at least one power tiller each to the Chi­wogs. He also stated their plans to im­port power tillers and to make it avail­able at the same rate to those peo­ple who can af­ford it. With the dis­tri­bu­tion of power tillers and the man­age­ment guide­lines, the geog rep­re­sen­ta­tives were hope­ful that it will ease farm drudgery and en­able them to cul­ti­vate the fal­low lands con­tribut­ing to­wards self suf­fi­ciency and self re­liance.

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