Mass Napier Plantation carried out at Jaray Gewog, Lhuentse
Mid-June 2017: Around 29,000 Napier grass cutting slips was planted at Jaray Gewog of Lhuentse Dzongkhag in some 8 acres of the land belonging to 20 HHs.
The plantation was carried out in maize field using the “A” frame technique to create equal and accurate counter line along the sloppy area. It was basically to retain the soil fertility by acting as a control measures to the landslides and the erosions.
This plantation program was being initiated by the Dzongkhag Livetstock sector in order to create awareness amongst the farmers on fodder plantation to make available cattle feed resources through sustainable land management practices. Napier plantation not only facilitates to feed cattle for better production and reduce pressure to the virgin forest, but also useful for soil conservation and maintaining soil fertility under sloppy landscape.
The two days plantation programme was attended by 26 farmers (22 female; 4 male) along with the Geog and RNR officials. The programme was funded through CARLEP-IFAD’s support to the Dzongkhag.
Reported by: Sangay Dorji (Livestock Extension Agent) RNR-EC Jaray & Phurpa Tshering (Asst. Dzongkhag Livestock Officer) Lhuentse Dzongkhag.