Unlike in the past, the farmers of Wamakhar are expecting a good harvest from the land that remained fallow all winter, and anticipating a better income from the sale of winter this winter
The people of Wamakhar were facing a water shortage for growing winter vegetables for a long time. As a result, most of the cultivated land remained fallow during the lean season, although the weather conditions and topography were favorable. To address the issue, a dryland irrigation scheme was constructed in August 2021, with financial support from CARLEP-IFAD and technical support from Gewog and Dzongkhag agriculture sector. The Wamakhar dryland irrigation scheme covers an area of 72 acres and benefits 46 households (F:3 M:43) of Wamakhar village.
The cost of construction of Wamakhar dryland irrigation is worth Nu.2.5 million, excluding beneficiary contributions for labour and raw materials. The project supported the purchase of HDPE pipes, cement and fitting material, while beneficiaries contributed labour and locally available raw material such as gravel, sand and stones.
In the eastern region, dryland irrigation is being supported under the vegetable value chain development
Winter vegetables at Wamakhar
Updates from : Lobzang, Chali ES, Mongar
Reported by: Chhimi Lhamo, GKMO, OPM