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Electric flourmill eases farmers’ workload


Technology: These days when Wangmo, 64, returns home from her fields, she is greeted by a group of villagers waiting for her in front of the house in Nanong, Pemagatshel. Holding sacks of maize, the farmers wait for Wangmo to use the flourmill that the RNR extension office helped set up nearby. The Nu 35,000 worth electric flourmill has not only eased their work but also given them more time to spend in their fields, villagers said. Compared to a traditional flourmill, which takes more [... Read More]

Minong to bank on red kidney beans


After poor returns from maize and mandarin, the village turns to new crop Agriculture: Lack of proper market for maize, and citrus trees dying from diseases has forced some villagers of Minong in Nanong gewog to shift to kidney bean cultivation. Today, most villagers cultivate red kidney beans on huge areas of land.  Villagers are hopeful that it would serve as a better source of income like it did for some villagers, who have been cultivating it over the years. Less income from maize and [... Read More]

No takers for Nanong’s tsatsi buram


The sugar cane-based, endemic to the gewog, delicacy struggles to find a market Agriculture: Popularly known as tsatsi buram, the villagers of Nanong gewog produce this sweet from sugar cane stalks.  While the name of the sweet is popular in the east, production has remained limited to the gewog. The sweet otherwise could increase income as a main cash crop.  Nanong gewog, under Pemagatshel, is about 31km away the district head quarter. Although the village has an abundant cultivation of sugar cane, tsatsi buram is [... Read More]

A man at the loom


Pundu happens to be the only male weaver in his gewog, and a right good one, he is too Occupation: Pundu was eight years old when he first stole a ball of yarn from his mother and went at the back of the house to weave something out of it.  Since then, he hasn’t looked back. The fifty-six-year-old from Nanong in Pemagatshel is the only man in the gewog who can weave.  His weaving talent is well known. As a kid, Pundu would be fascinated [... Read More]

Dagor’s unfulfilled plea for a farm road


A longstanding request has gone unmet, as construction seems to be quite untenable Shumar: Villagers of Dagor in Shumar gewog have a crying need for a farm road, a request they have been making to gewog officials for over three years now. Although under Shumar gewog, Pemagatshel, the chiwog is located closer to Nanong gewog.  It is a day’s walk from Shumar, while it takes them about two hours if they used the 53km road via the Nanong gewog centre road (GC). According to the [... Read More]

Chenari farmers hit by ‘falling’ oranges


Dropping fruit and dying trees have decimated this year’s mandarin crop Horticulture: The orange export season is on, but farmers of Chenari in Samdrupjongkhar who depend on orange for cash income are worried. There is not much to harvest this year, as their oranges are either dropping or trees dying.  Most orchards are filled with pale looking trees, with more oranges on the ground than on the trees. Chenari tshogpa Namgay Wangdi said the orchards look like there would be no yield at all, since [... Read More]

Yelchen, P/gatshel’s first central school to open next year


Though most welcome, many worry about sending their small children as boarders Education: Although they aren’t sure about how the pre-primary children would cope, people of Nanong, Shumar and Zobel gewogs in Pemagatshel are excited that the dzongkhag’s first central school, Yelchen, will open next year. Expected to benefit six schools from these three gewogs, the school, Yelchen cnetral school, plans to start classes from pre-primary (PP) to class X. Many villagers said, from what they have heard, the central school would provide free mattresses, [... Read More]

S/J gets its first-ever waste treatment plant


Along with this, the town’s bore well was also inaugurated yesterday Sewage: Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s first-ever waste treatment plant, which is expected to solve the issue of unhygienic septic tanks in the locality, was inaugurated yesterday. The Nu 45M treatment plant is connected to the lower part of the dzongkhag that is demarcated under the local area plan I (LAP I).  About 84 households will avail the facility. Beginning today, all household waste will be treated and released into the river, unlike before where overflowing septic [... Read More]

A crematorium that cries out for restoration


Relief is around the corner with its rehabilitation included in the 11th Plan  Thromde: Samdrupjongkhar residents say there is a dire need for a caretaker to give the dzongkhag’s only crematorium some attention. Located about a 10-minute walk from town, the crematorium, although intact, lacks proper lighting and road, is littered with unhygienic waste and lacks space for families to stay overnight. Residents say this is a place for families to conduct the last rites of their loved ones with dignity, but the way the [... Read More]

‘Shillongpas’ now have a place to call home


200 acres of govt. land have been cleared to resettle them in the Borongmo resettlement project Kidu: About 15km from Nganglam dungkhag is a small village called Borongmo.  The settlement, scattered over an area, which was once a thick forest, is today home to some 51 families. In the last two years, the 51 households have turned the dense forest into a new village under Norbugang gewog. Everything they have today, say villagers is because of His Majesty’s kindness. Locally referred to as the “Shillongpas,” [... Read More]

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