Integrated Farming in Paydung, Kangpar Benefits Farmers with Enhanced Livelihood

April 7th, 2024

In Paydung village under Kangpar Gewog of Trashigang, a group of six farmers embarked on an integrated farming venture on August 23, 2023. The group, consisting of four male and two female, appointed a woman with a 10th standard literacy level as the Secretary. With funding support from CARLEP-IFAD and assistance from the Gewog budget, they jointly ventured into agriculture and poultry farming. Utilizing a 2-acre leased land, they procured equipment worth Nu. 110,000, including nine drip sets, mulching sheets, and pipes, to enhance irrigation practices. Additionally, Nu. 10,000 was allocated and purchased hybrid vegetable seeds to promote climate-resilient agriculture. After completing one season of production, they garnered a return of Nu. 50,600 from agriculture alone, while their poultry business thrived with a daily output of 13 trays of eggs. Currently, they are progressing towards early chilli production which is expected to yield harvest by the month of June. The profits accumulated in their joint account to total of Nu. 20,000. Grateful for the support received from various funding agencies, the farmers acknowledge the significant improvement in their livelihoods compared to previous earnings where they could barely bear the education expenses of the school going children. With this venture, they can now afford to cover education expenses and other basic needs from the return they generate from the businesses. This integrated farming venture has not only elevated their income levels but also brought about a positive transformation in their rural livelihoods, underscoring the effectiveness of collaborative efforts and targeted support in agricultural development.

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