28th July 2017, Pema Gatshel: Three day long(16th to 18th May,2017) fodder plantation by Community of Tephu village under Nanong Geog were involved wherein most of the fallow land and eroded land were planted with fodder slips of Napier and Guatemala. The cultivable lands were destroyed by excavation of recently newly constructed farm roads. The community of Tephu village was very happy that they could at least plant around 2 acres of land and they are hoping that their land will not be eroded further once the fodder slips grow sooner or later.
Similarly, two days fodder plantation was also carried out at Thongsa chiwog at Chongshing geog (19&20th May 2017). Prior to plantation, they were briefed on the plantation methodologies by the feed and fodder focal person. The chairman of the Geog, Mr. Pema Dorji said these fodder plantation program was timely at the time when the Geog was gearing towards dairy development and their lands are not stable even if they have a plan to upscale agricultural farming. The farmers are happy that that besides increasing fodder resources in the vicinity, this program can also be a part of mitigation from soil erosion and landslides.
One of the senior citizens of Thongsa village agreed that feed and fodder being has been considered very important for the success of dairy farming recently. However, in our context people are very ambitious and farmers try to compromise with smaller pasture land holding and rearing more cattle heads. This system has resulted in lesser return from dairy farming despite huge potential from the dairy farming, said Meymay Sangay.
While, Abee Zangmo shared her views that although she aspire to produce enough fodder in their field yet their smaller land holdings which are used for agricultural crops and are the reasons that fodder production is not a primary preference and dairy farming is lacking in the process.
The Dzongkhag livestock sector is also focusing to have enough feed and fodder resources for dairy farmers to improve the production through proper fodder conservation technologies whereby silage making has been top priorities and many silo pits has been constructed to address the fodder shortages in lean seasons. This year farmers from of Bartseri, Yurung and Nangmalam could earn a substantial amount from the sale of root slips and seedlings. However, this program could not have achieved without the without fund support and technical guidance from the Regional Livestock Centre, Kanglung thorugh CARLEP.
Reported by: Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Pema Gatshel