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Borehole solution to water shortage problem


A temporary measure to a perennial scarcity until the town master plan is ready S/j Thromde: Although a temporary measure, Samdrupkongkhar residents will get some relief from the perennial water shortage issue, with the thromde planning to dig a borehole to tap underground water. The plan also includes reviving the existing defunct dug well to supplement water distribution and tap water from nearby streams as an immediate measure. Residents have been facing water shortage for decades without a possible solution to the issue. Samdrupjongkhar thrompon [... Read More]

Colour code bid for S/J buildings


The thromde awaits MoWHS approval for its four-shade cap proposal Township: If Samdrupjongkhar thromde’s proposal comes through, most of the buildings in the thromde will look alike, at least in colour. The thromde had proposed to paint all buildings in four colours and is awaiting approval from the ministry of works and human settlement. They proposed both residential and commercial buildings to be painted grey, white, dark yellow,  earth colour (mud) and sandalwood coloured.  There will be no pink, red, green or blue buildings. Samdrupjongkhar [... Read More]

Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog gets a farm road


GDG: The gewog development grant (GDG) came as a boon for people of Bapta-Gonpawung chiwog in Decheling because it helped connecting the chiwog to the rest of Pemagatshel. Decheling’s gewog administrative officer, Pema Tenzin, said Nu 300,000 was allocated to construct the 1.3km farm road after villagers repeatedly raised the issue in the gewog tshogdu.  He said the road was in the Plan but during its review, other chiwogs were given priority for a farm road. But gewog officials were later informed that all proposed [... Read More]

Eastern farmers upbeat about potato prices


Both the red and white varieties have fetched better returns at the auction yard than last year Agriculture: If the current price of potato at the Food corporation of Bhutan (FCB) auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar is any indication, farmers of the six eastern dzongkhags could enjoy a fruitful potato season. Since the auction began on June 1, both red and white potatoes have been fetching good prices.  It averaged Nu 20 a kg for red potatoes against Nu 16 per kg in 2013 during the [... Read More]

Initiative to insure against wildlife depredation

RMNP: Villagers of Norbugang chiwog are benefitting from the gewog’s initiative to have their own crop insurance account. Without any crop insurance scheme with the financial institutions in the country, officials of the Royal Manas National ark (RMNP) helped the farmers form an insurance management group in 2012 and created a group account with Bank of Bhutan.  The park deposited Nu 100,000 as seed money and each member then deposited Nu 100 annually in the account. The group started off with 30 households and it [... Read More]

Norbugang spared citrus blight


Farmers are thanking their lucky stars for healthy orange orchards Mandarin: While neighbouring villages are battling diseases like citrus blight, villages in Norbugang, Pemagatshel are expecting a good mandarin harvest. The main cash crop of the villagers has also received a boost with a farm road connecting the gewog to Nganglam dungkhag in 2010. Norbugang farmers consider themselves ‘lucky’ for citrus blight has not affected their trees, although the neighbouring gewogs of Decheling and Chokholing have been infested. In Norbuling, each farmer owns almost 500 [... Read More]

The centenarians of Chokhorling


A couple of venerable years recall the distant past Aging: In a small hut in Chokhorling, Pemagatshel live two centenarians.  Meme Karpo is 101 this day, and Abi Norbu Lhamo, 100.  This oldest pair in the village bask in the sun all day saying the rosary. Spades on their shoulders, a group of villagers are heading for work.  It’s a clear sunny day, a good day to work in the field.  Abi looks on.  Her deeply wrinkled face in this sad poise seems to throw [... Read More]

First allotment of NHDC flats filled


Given the crunch on living space in S/J, govt. quarters are more sought after than ever Housing: Although uncertain about the details of the recently endorsed housing allowances, 22 families in Samdrupjongkhar have started moving into National Housing Development corporation (NHDC) flats from July 1. The 24-unit housing was recently completed and, as per the allotment rules and regulation, of the 32 applications, 22 civil servants under grade eight and nine, working in different sectors and departments, were allotted the units. Fearing that they may [... Read More]

Chokorling farmers fight a losing battle


If it’s not blight decimating orange orchards, its wildlife marauding maize fields  Agriculture: With disease outbreak and wildlife destroying crops, farmers of Chokhorling in Pemagatshel are increasingly finding it difficult to earn an income. For over a decade farmers of the five chiwogs under Chokhorling have been fighting citrus blight that spread among the orchards, almost all of which have trees that have dried up.  Chokhorling has 267 households. Farmer said citrus blight first hit Dezemo chiwog, a day’s journey by foot from the gewog [... Read More]

Getting value out of waste


Gasheri chiwog women make sought after utility bags from used polythene cement sacks  Recycling: It is rough, dusty and takes forever to degrade if buried. The 50-kg polythene cement bag that lies strewn around many construction sites is an eyesore and a nuisance from the environmental point of view. But women of Gasheri chiwog in Pemagatshel, with a knack for weaving, have found a solution to the problem of empty cement bags.  They are not just reusing it, but also seeing a potential to make [... Read More]

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