Transforming Terrain: Drepong’s Terracing Initiative for Enhanced Land Productivity

February 26th, 2024

Land management, a comprehensive process overseeing the strategic utilization of land resources, plays a crucial role in sustaining diverse activities like agriculture, forestry, urban expansion, conservation, and recreation. In terrains marked by steep slopes, the implementation of terracing emerges as a pivotal land management technique, offering benefits such as regulated water runoff, soil erosion mitigation, and the creation of stable environments for agricultural endeavors.

Drepong, a locale characterized by its challenging steep-sloped fields, has embraced terracing as a fundamental cornerstone of its land management approach. With financial support from CARLEP and technical guidance from ARDC, Wengkhar, the initiative focuses on bench terracing and surface stone collection to augment land productivity. Thirteen villages within Drepong gewog stand to directly benefit, comprising 13 households led by males and 17 by females. The primary objectives of land management in Drepong gewog is to mechanize the agricultural activities through improving the accessibility of farm machineries and streamline agricultural activities for increased ease. Moreover, it was initiated to bring approximately 18.47 acres of challenging, under-utilized land under sustainable land management practices owing to its steep terrain and limited productivity. Presently, 5.1 acres have undergone these effective land management measures with 13.37 acres of land still on the process. This initiative seeks to transform neglected and difficult terrains into productive and sustainable landscapes from which farmers could reap benefits ladened with harvests.

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