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Bhutan seeks tech revolution to uplift traditional agriculture

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 17:01

KP Sharma

Despite agriculture sector employing nearly half of Bhutan’s population, it remains dominated by traditional methods, hindering productivity and struggling to feed a growing nation.

To address this issue, the Bhutan Agri-Trade and Investment Forum, held recently in Thimphu, stressed the need to leverage technology for a complete agriculture haul.

The secretary of the GovTech Agency, Jigme Tenzing, acknowledged the global challenge of increasing food production to meet population demands.

In Bhutan’s case, the situation is complicated by its mountainous terrain, with only 2.7 percent of land suitable for cultivation.

Despite these limitations, agriculture contributes 14 percent to Bhutan’s GDP, highlighting its potential for growth in future.

“We have about 65,000 acres of fallow land and to cultivate them, we need to adapt to the usage of technology,” Jigme Tenzing said.

With food self-sufficiency being a long-term vision for Bhutan, forum participants highlighted the untapped potential of this land and the importance of supporting farmers by leveraging technology to commercialise their production.

The founder of Guu.AI, Ngawang Gyeltshen, stated that smallholding farms are playing a pivotal role in Bhutan’s agriculture system.

However, he cautioned that while technology can enhance large commercial farms’ production, it might negatively impact small farms by driving them out of the market due to a lack of economic incentives.

“We must assess how ready our private sector and other firms are in leveraging technology in agriculture,” he added. 

He also warned that while the government aims to produce high-nutrition and high-value crops for export using technological solutions, there could be potential compromises in quality.

Meanwhile, Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) and international partners have been supporting farmers in adopting technology through various projects.

Senior program manager at the Delegation of the EU to India and Bhutan, Dinakar Radhakrishnan, mentioned ongoing projects that use earth observation technology, such as drones and satellites, to improve agricultural products.

He added that given Bhutan’s terrain, technology is both possible and relevant.

“Skills and infrastructure are crucial, and we are working to identify Bhutan’s needs in collaboration with various agencies,” Radhakrishnan said, adding that technology assists farmers in exploring the best markets for their products.

Government officials at the discussion said that the launch of the National Digital Identity (NDI) and the expansion of high-speed fiber connectivity could be leveraged to modernise agriculture, aligning with the government’s initiatives to integrate technology into the sector.

Daga United Girls coach aims for turnaround

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 16:57

Thinley Namgay

Daga United Girls, the new team on the block, suffered defeats in their first two matches during the ongoing 2024 BoB Women’s National League Qualifiers.

Yesterday at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Daga United Girls faced a tough challenge against RTC Women’s FC, losing with a scoreline of 14-0. They struggled to contain their opponents’ attack, conceding seven goals in both the first and second halves of the match.

In their first match, Daga United was defeated by Ugyen Academy FC 12-0.

Daga United FC’s coach, Tshering Dema, said, “It was a tough match, but my players tried their best.”

Yesterday’s match was far better compared to the previous one, she said, adding that the opponent was much stronger.

She pointed out that the team’s offensive play was lacking. However, she remains optimistic about their next match against Panchali FC scheduled for May 24, expressing confidence in their ability to secure a victory.

Tshering Dema is determined to secure qualification for the Women’s National League by revamping the team’s tactics. In yesterday’s match, she experimented with a 5-4-3 formation, but unfortunately, it didn’t yield the desired results.

Deki Lhazom of RTC Women’s FC, who scored four goals, was declared the star of the match.

Deki emphasised that RTC has a strong team this season, boasting 13 national players. She has high expectations for the team, aiming to win every match and secure qualification for the national league.

“We hope to ensure a competitive tournament for our audiences,” she said.

Deki acknowledged that Daga United is a competent team. The RTC team also had good pre-season training.

The other two newcomers among the eight participating teams are Phuentsholing Heroes FC and the Royal Academy.

Recently, Phuentsholing Heroes FC suffered a 16-0 loss against the BFF Academy.

Transport United Ladies, RTC Women’s FC, Ugyen Academy Women’s FC, and BFF Academy are well-established teams.

Panchali Women’s FC, participating in the qualifiers for the second time, faced a significant setback in their recent match against Transport United Ladies, suffering a defeat with a scoreline of 33-0.

Tomorrow in Paro at 4 pm, Royal Academy will go head-to-head against BFF Academy. Fans are speculating that BFF Academy holds the upper hand in this match, given their year-round training regimen, which sets them in a favorable position to clinch the victory.

 Six teams will be chosen to compete in the Women’s National League.

Transforming agriculture

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 16:56

Ap Wangchuk is not aware of the agri-food, trade and investment forum being held in the capital. There are several issues being discussed that could help him. Yesterday evening, walking from office to office in Thimphu trying to sell the zaw (roasted rice) that his sister in Lobesa prepared, he is complaining of the hardship in his village.

It is not the drudgery, but the lack of hands to till the land. A proud owner of more than three acres of fertile paddy land in Lobesa, irrigated with the Toebi Rongchhu (stream originating above Toebisa village), there is the potential to become a rich farmer – earning more than his civil servant relatives. Ironically, Wangchuk is mulling to stop cultivation.

Cultivating paddy, the staple diet and the pride of the family is dependent on many factors that are out of their hands. There are no hands to till land in the village. Everybody is working for the government or left for Australia to seek better opportunities. His sister is too old to tend to the fields and hiring workers is expensive, costlier than growing the favourite Tan Tsheri rice variety.

Mechanisation could be the solution. If the process of growing paddy – from ploughing to transplanting, weeding, harvesting and threshing could be mechanized and at subsidized rates, agriculture, as we know today could thrive. Left to the farmers, we can be rest assured that the acreage of fallowing fertile agriculture land could double in the next few years.

There is hope, however. At the forum in the capital city, policy and decision makers are talking about leveraging technology for a complete agricultural overhaul. If taken seriously, this could be the decision of the century, a change from the lip service or rhetoric for decades, even after recognising that agriculture is important and will remain Bhutan’s potential.

Even as agriculture caught the attention of politicians and decision makers, the size of fallow land increased. Officially it is 65,000 acres – too much for Bhutan where topography limits opportunities. If our aim is to increase the agriculture sector’s contribution to GDP from USD 365 million in 2022 to USD 625 million by 2029, we have to change the way we farm our lands.

Mechanisation or modern farming methods could not only provide solutions to the shortage of labour or reduce farm drudgery, but improve production, self-sufficiency and contribute to the GDP. To begin with, we need not think of AI in agriculture. Catering to basics like land tillers, irrigation facility, transplanters, weeders could encourage farmers to return back to the land.

Agriculture today is associated with drudgery and therefore, not many are interested in the field. If the sector can be a big source of foreign exchange, creator of jobs or substitute cheap imports, many would be interested in agriculture.

There is a hype created by the ongoing forum in the capital city. If we can transform even a portion of what is discussed and debated into policy decisions, we would see changes happening on the ground. Afterall, agriculture is important for agrarian Bhutan.

Bhutanese turn to EU as Australia tightens visa rules

Sat, 05/18/2024 - 16:56

KP Sharma

As the greenest pasture for the Bhutanese, Australia, becomes more stringent with its visa rules, they are increasingly eyeing the EU. 

There is no data on how many Bhutanese have moved to the EU countries so far. However, the success stories of visa applicants have become more visible in recent times.

The increasing popularity of Europe as a destination for Bhutanese can be seen through advertisements on social media by consultancy firms and the discussions among those planning to emigrate.

The trend has picked up after Australia changed its visa rules, which affected some immigrants and forced them to explore alternative destinations.

Therefore, consultancy firms in Bhutan have started advertising and facilitating Bhutanese travel to EU countries.

While popular consultancy firms claim that the change in Australia’s visa rules has no significant impact on Bhutanese as widely expected, some people say it is a marketing tactic. The reality is obscure.

This skepticism is fueled by people observing consultancy firms redirecting their attention to other countries.

Jigme, who lives in New York, said the current visa claims remain unclear without data to support them.

However, he pointed out that Australia, which was once a popular destination, had become challenging, forcing consultancy firms to shift their focus to Europe, where they see greater opportunities.

He added that the firms are adjusting their target customer base through various forms of advertising.

Jigme cautioned that while the government had given consultancies a free hand, there is a risk of false advertising or misinformation being disseminated as people seek new destinations.

Regarding the influx of people moving to Europe, he said that some unemployed youth pursue both study and work opportunities while others genuinely seek educational opportunities.

Coming to the increased number of consultancy firms,  people share concerns about intense competition among them, which may lead to the dissemination of misinformation to the public.

On the other hand, the EU presents an opportunity for Bhutanese aspiring to move abroad but faces numerous barriers, including IELTS score requirements, high tuition fees, the limit on working hours, and restrictions on bringing dependents.

Certain EU countries have started welcoming migrants from South Asia, recognising their skills and the potential contributions they can make. 

What sets these opportunities apart is the flexibility they offer, including the acceptance of individuals with lower IELTS scores and academic qualifications and more affordable tuition fees, making migration to these countries increasingly attractive.

A retired civil servant living in Australia said that with the introduction of age restrictions on post-study visas, Europe could emerge as the next destination for individuals over the age of 35 who find themselves unable to extend their stay in Australia.

For instance, two cooperative employees and two friends are set to depart for Malta in Europe on June 4.

According to the group, presently, there are only two Bhutanese in Malta, one on a working visa and the other on a study visa.

In addition, three undergraduates and one pursuing a Master’s degree are currently processing their visa applications in the same country.

The group said that they obtained their visas in 35 days and that the visas allow them to work in 27 countries. 

Further, they mentioned that the tuition fees are comparatively low, and if they can pay one year’s fees at once, they are given a special discount of USD 1,000. 

Two group members have already booked their apartment for USD 250 a month, indicating that the cost of living is not too high.

These are individual testimonials of success. Others say studying and working in the EU countries are far more difficult than in Australia. 

Meanwhile, 347 Bhutanese have secured DV lottery visas this year, a significant increase from 115 in 2023 to 114 in 2022.

Bhutan to increase agriculture sector’s contribution to USD 854 million by 2034

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:16

YK Poudel   

In line with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Bhutan’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) for 2024 and 2028, USD 83 million is allocated within the 13th Plan.

Bhutan aims to increase the agriculture sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product from USD 365 million in 2022 to USD 625 million by 2029, and USD 854 million by 2034.

The FAO Bhutan’s CPF was launched on May 15 during the Bhutan Agrifood Trade and Investment Forum (BATIF) 2024 by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

The CPF is a strategic document that is expected to enhance the collaborative efforts between the FAO and the government.

During the launch, the Prime Minister acknowledged the timely release of the FAO document, coinciding with the finalisation of the government’s implementation plans for the 13th Plan.

Lyonchhen said: “The FAO’s priorities in transforming the agrifood system in Bhutan, as outlined in its country programming framework, will be seamlessly integrated into the government’s 13th Plan to enhance outcomes.”

Aligned with FAO’s thematic and technical expertise, the CPF delineates four key priority areas: sustainable agrifood systems transformation, food security, safety, nutrition-sensitive and climate-smart agriculture, sustainable natural resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, and disaster risk management and preparedness, along with evidence-based agrifood systems planning and programming at national and local levels.

FAO Representative for Bhutan and Nepal, Ken Shimizu, emphasized the crucial nature of this target within the CPF to fulfil collaborative commitments and engagement, expressing confidence in its effectiveness.

He said: “Currently, FAO Bhutan has secured approximately USD 16 million, with an additional USD 42 million in the pipeline. Furthermore, approximately USD 25 million is presently under soft commitment.”

According to the report, the CPF for Bhutan was strategised through an inclusive and collaborative process, encapsulating the alignment of national priorities, regional imperatives, and global agendas.

Within the 13th Plan, the CPF aims to foster sustainable and diversified economic growth, promote decent employment, enhance quality, inclusive social services, ensure environmentally sustainable management, resilience to disaster risks, and foster vibrant government policies toward these objectives.

Furthermore, in 2021, Bhutan joined the One Country One Product (OCOP) initiative and designated quinoa as its OCOP.

The OCOP initiative addresses present and recurring challenges of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition, while also contributing to the development of smallholders and family farms.

“Within this framework, the sustainable value chain of each school agriculture programme can play an essential role in ensuring food security and nutrition,” the report states. “Effective use of underutilised resources, supporting farmers’ livelihoods and economic growth, while protecting the environment and biodiversity for present and future generations can be achieved.”

The document encompasses transformation of agrifood systems, sustainable natural resources management, inclusive rural transformation, and resilience building.

The UAE Declaration during the Conference of Parties (COP28) on sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems and climate action 2023, identified the need to scale up adaptation and resilient activities, promote food security and nutrition, and create an enabling environment for workers.

Village continues to grow despite water shortage

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:16

Dechen Dolkar

Khasakha village in Thimphu is a shining example of how a sleepy village can transform into a bustling settlement near the capital city. 

Located 20 kilometres from Thimphu city, the village has seen incredible changes over the years despite a persistent water shortage.

Once a small settlement with only a few households, Khasakha is today crowded with buildings, bustling with activity. People from various parts of the country have flocked to the village, buying land and building homes, attracted by its fertile land and scenic surroundings.

Situated a few kilometres above Khasadrapchu town, the village is connected by a well-maintained road. However, it constantly grapples with the scarcity of both drinking and irrigation water.

Despite water shortages, the land in Khasakha is fertile, enablingvillagers to cultivate apples and vegetables.

According to the villagers, the settlement in Khasakha began in 1967.

Lobsang Sherub, a 71-year-old resident, was among the first settlers. He recalls the village being covered with poplar trees. He was 17 years old and was a dancer during the reign of the third King.

“At that time, there were around 500 people, roughly 80 households. The third King granted Khasakha as soelray for resettlement,” Lobsang Sherub recollects.

The government provided free materials for constructing houses and distributed vegetable and fruit seeds.

When Lobsang first arrived, the village was practically empty, with only six households in the nearby village of Danglo. They were also on the verge of leaving due to water scarcity.

“People who lived here before resettlement had left because of water scarcity,” Lobsang said. “There was only one household with access to a small spring from which it sourced drinking water in Danglo village.”

After resettlement, the villagers worked hard to resolve the water problem. They tapped drinking water by drilling rocks above the village and laying wooden pipes to bring water.

Disputes over drinking water arose between Khasakha and Danglo villages.

Lobsang Sherub said that from 2002 to 2003, the village’s land business began, with land values ranging from Nu 500 to Nu 600 per decimal. Since then, many villagers have sold their land, leading to new settlements.

Jamphel Tenzin, a retired soldier from Mongar bought land in 2011 for Nu 33,000 per decimal. Despite the water issues, he recently built a house and settled in Khasakha.

Another resident, who bought land in 2018 for Nu 180,000 per decimal and constructed a house, expressed dismay at the water shortage after moving in.

Over the years, the value of land has surged. It now ranges from Nu 350,000 to Nu 500,000 per decimal.

Residents said that people are still involved in the land business, and some who buy land end up selling it to others because of water scarcity.

Now, the village has more than 200 households.

Lobsang Sherub said that only 40 households belonged to the first settlers.

Despite the challenges, Khasakha continues to grow, given its proximity to the capital city.

Drukair sees surge in tourist arrivals, improving financial performance after Covid-19

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:15

Sherab Lhamo

Drukair’s financial performance improved post-Covid-19, driven by a rise in tourist arrivals. Although not fully recovered from pandemic losses, first-quarter 2024 data shows a 23 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to the previous year’s same period.

Drukair’s CEO, Tandi Wangchuk, said that this year they witnessed a significant growth in tourist numbers, leading to profitable international operations for the airline.

In the first quarter of 2024, Bhutan welcomed 41,394 tourists, a notable increase from the 26,465 visitors in the same period last year. This surge generated revenue of USD 13 million, as reported by the Department of Tourism.

During peak seasons such as March, April, September, and October, the majority of international tourists visiting Bhutan choose to travel to Bumthang.

 Tandi Wangchuk said that Drukair was able to cover the basic operating costs through domestic airports.

There are two peak seasons when flights experience high occupancy rates—during the winter months of December, January, and February, local residents opt for flights to avoid hazardous road conditions, and during the monsoon, travellers prefer flights to circumvent roadblocks caused by landslides.

Tandi Wangchuk said that during the school holidays in December and January, there was an increase in Bhutanese travellers. Conversely, in other seasons such as March, April, September, and October, there is a higher influx of tourist travellers.

Drukair recorded a pre-tax profit (PBT) of Nu 291 million in fiscal year 2023. However, after taxes, the company experienced a net loss of Nu 62.8 million.

Tandi Wangchuk said that, post Covid-19, international travel patterns were highly erratic. Initially, the majority of passenger traffic was outbound from Bhutan, which Tandi Wangchuk attributed to a significant number of Bhutanese traveling to Australia.

Inbound flights had minimal passengers, resulting in limited profitability.

Tandi Wangchuk said that the company was striving to meet operational expenses and anticipates a full recovery from covid-time losses within five years.

As of April 2024, the majority of Drukair passengers, 48 percent, belonged to the “others” category —travellers not from SAARC region or Bhutan, followed by Bhutanese travellers at 44 percent, and SAARC nationals comprising eight percent of Drukair travellers.

Drukair is exploring the possibility of expanding routes to Dubai, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad in India, in the near future.

Kangpar residents cry for reliable TV connection

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:15

Neten Dorji

Kangpar—For years, the residents of Kangpar, a remote village in Trashigang, lacked access to television. They still depend on the radio and local leaders to stay informed about events beyond their village borders.

Of the 15 gewogs in Trashigang, Kangpar is the only one without TV connection. People here use Dish TV.

However, the dzongkhag administration has issued a letter to all the gup to remove Dish TV.

“The picture quality from the Dish TV is better. We receive news related to the country and government decisions promptly,”said Melam Dorji, a resident. “But, we are worried upon hearing news about being asked to stop using Dish TV.

He said that people paid about Nu 6,000 for the installation of Dish TV.

Another resident, Karma Phuntsho, expressed concern about the potential problem they could face if they were not allowed to use Dish TV.

“It’s been almost three years since we were informed about the possibility of getting a cable connection. We attended the meeting, but since then, we haven’t heard anything further. As a result, we still don’t have a cable connection and continue to rely on Dish TV,” he added.

A farmer, Tashi Wangdi, said that the villagers did not have cable services in the gewog. “If we are to use the cable service, we have to pay the monthly charges whether we watch TV. Moreover, it is expensive for us.”

Tashi Wangdi explained, citing examples of unreliable services in other gewogs.

A resident of Khaling Gewog said that Dish TV was more reliable than cable services.

“Most of the cable service providers fail to provide us services. The service are unreliable at best. That is why I am using Dish TV even though we have cable services,” he said, adding that cable service should be improved.

Dish TV users have said that as long as the television channels are clear and reliable, they do not mind using cable services.

“The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority must hold cable service providers accountable for failing to provide reliable services, given that we pay monthly fees,” said a resident who switched from cable to Dish TV in Udzorong. “Most of the time, the channel services they offer are blurry and unreliable.”

The Trashigang Dzongkhag Entertainment Committee issued letters to gups to inspect and disallow the use of Dish TV in their respective gewogs as it is against the policy of the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority.

“If they don’t adhere to the announcement, we will take action as per the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority Act,” it states.

Trashigang dzongdag, Ugyen Dorji, clarified that the gups were instructed to disallow Dish TV where cable services are available.

“We circulated the order,after we received verbal complaints from a few cable operators regarding the illegal use of Dish TV in areas with cable television connections,” said the dzongdag.  “Moreover, it is the responsibility of cable service providers to provide reliable services to the people.”

Quinoa-based dishes win recipe contest

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:14

YK Poudel

A good homemaker can also be a good dish-maker, as Deki Wangmo testified yesterday. 

Deki Wangmo, a 45-year-old homemaker, won the recipe contest in Thimphu with her dishes ‘Blossoming dogwood delight’ and ‘Humble potato mushroom thup chunks’ at the Bhutan Agrifood Trade and Investment Forum (BATIF) 2024.

The judges evaluated a variety of dishes for the recipe, creativity, texture, taste, and presentation.

The contest was themed “Quinoa and Potato for Better Nutrition, Food Security, and Income”. Nine participants, including five college students from the Royal Thimphu College, took part in the contest.

Deki Wangmo expressed excitement about winning the contest and being able to share her recipe with the public, emphasising the nutritional value and affordability of quinoa. She urges others to explore its culinary possibilities.

“Quinoa is a super food which is available and affordable,” she said. “Although it is a new cereal in the country, individuals should try making simple recipes.”

Deki Wangmo says that when the government makes huge investments to make quinoa a staple diet through various means, individuals have the potential to venture into business opportunities.

Humble potato mushroom thup chunks contains 60 percent potatoes and 40 percent other ingredients, such as mushroom, cornstarch, spring onion, chili powder, garlic, butter, oil and water.

“This recipe was inspired by my mother-in-law and other dishes. The ingredients are all locally available,” Deki Wangmo said.

Similarly, Blossoming dogwood delight, a quinoa cabbage wrap with coriander sauce, contains 60 percent quinoa and 40 percent mushroom chives and other ingredients.

The winner and participants were provided a certificate and a cash prize.

Quinoa cultivation is feasible in seven dzongkhags, namely Samtse, Dagana, Samdrupjongkhar, Zhemgang, Trongsa, Trashiyangtse, and Wangdue.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN targets producing 2,360 metric tonnes of quinoa a year, which could benefit over 4,000 households. It plans to invest USD 7.94 million in production and processing.

The BATIF 2024 was attended by the minister of health, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, as the chief guest, international delegates, and other public officials. 

Phuentsholing Heroes begin BPL 2024 on promising note

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:13

Thinley Namgay

Among the four teams from the southern region competing in the current BoB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) 2024, Phuentsholing Heroes FC has kicked off their season with a victory.  

Yesterday in Phuentsholing, Phuentsholing Heroes FC secured a 2-1 victory against BFF Academy FC. The team dominated the first half, leading 2-0 with goals from Ngawang Phuntsho and Ngawang Samten.

In the second half, BFF Academy managed to score a goal, pulling one back through Karan Uroan in the 58th minute.

Phuentsholing Heroes FC enjoyed the advantage of playing at home. The team boasts a mix of foreign players and seasoned local talents in their squad. 

BFF Academy is the sole team in the league without foreign players; its squad primarily consists of young players compared to the other nine participating teams.

Phuentsholing Heroes FC’s head coach, Bikash Pradhan, commented on how the hot weather disrupted the intensity of the game, stating, “Even for the Phuentsholing players, it was difficult to adjust to the weather.”

Bikash Pradhan said that despite BFF Academy’s young squad, they made a commendable effort. However, some spectators noted that while BFF Academy players displayed impressive dribbling and passing skills, they lacked physical strength. 

Of the five foreign recruits on Bikash Pradhan’s team, only three played yesterday. “Two players are currently injured. Their presence will be an added advantage for the team.”

In other matches, Samtse FC drew 2-2 against RTC FC, Daga United FC suffered a 1-6 loss to Paro FC, and Tsirang FC was defeated 1-2 by Transport United FC. 

As of yesterday, Paro FC, Thimphu City FC, Transport United FC, and Phuentsholing Heroes FC have earned three points each.

The match between Paro FC and Transport United FC is scheduled to take place in Paro on May 18. Both teams are recognised for their strength and prowess in the league.

Thus far, Paro FC and Transport United FC have faced off 15 times. Paro emerged victorious in eight of these encounters, while Transport claimed victory in seven. 

The matches between these two teams have consistently been characterised by high levels of intensity and competitiveness.

In agriculture, do we believe?

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:13

In an  effort to boost the agriculture sector in the country, the government has declared 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the agriculture sector. The idea is that Bhutan must invest in modern technologies and adopt climate-smart approaches to enhance agriculture in Bhutan.

Agriculture is the backbone of the country. This is, at least,  what we (including the policy makers today) were taught and made to believe when in schools. Agriculture, with all its potential and importance has taken a backstage as we started chasing newer opportunities in mining, import, and most recently, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and many more.

It is good to pause and reflect on our potential. Agriculture that has been the mainstay of our economy is receiving the recognition it deserves. This is good, if not late. Agriculture is a boring topic, not at all appealing to the Tik-tok generation, but it is what tiny Bhutan is known for. If there is a potential, it is agriculture if we know how to produce and market.

The agriculture sector employs the most, but there is nothing much to show that benefits the masses. If we can improve and advance the sector, we could create a difference. Agriculture in Bhutan is largely subsistence farming where farmers grow to consume and sell the little surplus for cash income. 

The brand, whether Himalayan or mountain fresh, sells in a world where consumers have become conscious.  Bhutanese asparagus, for instance, an exporter said are sold for Rs 500 a small bundle in the posh areas in New Delhi. They do not mind the price. They know it is fresh and organic coming from Bhutan. If marketing gurus could convince consumers that our asparagus are watered with fresh snow-fed Himalayan water, the price could triple.

The agri-food trade and investment forum is a platform to recognise the potential of our farm produce. What it calls for is investment in agriculture whether it is mechanisation, sustainable farming or at the least ensuring farmers big or small can produce food. For that we need to get the basics right. When farmers are tired of farming, because of, for instance, having to guard his share of water or to ward off the wild, many find cheap imports as an alternative.

Foreign direct investment could work to a certain extent. Involving farmers – starting from the international conferences or forums to letting them recognize the potential, helping them realize the potential could make a difference. The idea, we surmise, is not to benefit a few businessmen at the cost of hardworking farmers. 

Not far from the capital, the Punakha-Wangdue valley has huge potential for agriculture. Whether it is organic avocados or broccoli, they can be produced with the right interventions. Quite often what is decided over gala dinners or grand exhibitions are not flowing to producers or farmers. 

Today, there are only a handful of smart businessmen who know what could work riding on brand Bhutan. There are hardly any initiatives targeted at Bhutanese farmers. While we talk of going organic, farmers are complaining, every year,  of shortage of water to irrigate their fields.

Decades after recognising food self-sufficiency as a national priority, we have become more dependent on import to the extent that farmers find it cheaper to buy than produce. It is a shame for agrarian Bhutan. 

FDIs might help because  it would help solve basic problems like investments, innovation or technology. The risk of FDI, from past experience, benefits only a  few smart business people. How would the initiative and the drive for agrifood, trade and investment forum  help Bhutanese farmers?

The forum provides an opportunity to think out of the box while reminding us of our real potential. If our aim is increase the agriculture sector’s contribution to GDP from USD 365 million in 2022 to USD 625 million by 2029, we are on a good start. The real challenge starts after the end of the forum.

New Sarpang Dzong gets serthog

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:12

Lhakpa Quendren

Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck graced the serthog installation ceremony at Sarpang Dzong yesterday.

Yonten Lopen, Trulku Namgyel of the Zheng Dratshang, presided over the ceremony.

The construction of the new dzong, set to finish by December 2024, is 75 percent complete. Structural and architectural aspects have been completed, except for the Kuenrey, where foundation work has just been finished.

Project manager, Sangay Kinga, said that mural painting and sculpture creation for the relics have commenced. “We expect the results in the coming months. The project must be finalised and handed over within a year.”

Construction of the Sarpang Dzong was initiated in November 2017

Originally intended for both administrative and monastic functions, the dzong will now serve as the administrative hub for the Gelephu Mindfulness City (GMC). The construction of administrative blocks has been on hold for over a year to align with new plans.

Sangay Kinga emphasised the significance of the Dzong’s construction for the GMC project. “Work on the administration blocks will restart upon ministry directives. Expect a unique design with swift completion.”

The dzong harmonises traditional exterior architecture with modern interior designs and facilities, catering to both monastic and administrative needs. It features five administrative blocks within its premises. 

Upon completion, the monastic body will relocate to the dzong. The block can accommodate 150 monks and provide living quarters with a spacious residence for the Lam.

The project budget has been adjusted to Nu 1.092 billion from the original Nu 1 billion, funded by the Government of India through Project Tied Assistance (PTA). 

Of this sum, approximately Nu 820 million has been utilised to date.

Construction of the Sarpang Dzong, initiated in November 2017, faced a one-year delay due to the pandemic. 

Managed by the Department of Culture and Dzongkha Development under the Ministry of Home Affairs, the dzong occupies an area exceeding 11 acres.

Her Majesty granted tokha to the workers engaged in the dzong construction.

ཁྲིམས་འགལ་ཐོག་ལས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་གི་ནག་ཚོང་།

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 10:11


༉ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༣ ལུ་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་གི་ནང་འདྲེན་༣ ལྟབ་ཀྱིས་ མར་བབས་སོང་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་ ཁྲིམས་འགལ་ཐོག་ལས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ནག་ཚོང་འཐབ་མི་དེ་ ཡར་སེང་འགྱོ་ནིའི་འོས་འབབ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ ཚ་གྱང་ལང་དགོ་པའི་ གཞི་གནད་ཅིག་ལུ་ གྱུར་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

འོང་འབབ་དང་ཅ་དམ་ལས་ཁུངས་ཀྱིས་ གནས་སྡུད་དང་འཁྲིལཝ་ད་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༣ ལུ་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་ ནང་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ནི་དེ་ བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་༣༠༠ ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་ མར་བབས་སོང་ཡོད་མི་དེ་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༥༤༢.༣༣ ཨིནམ་བཞིན་དུ་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༢ དང་ཕྱདཔ་ད་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ཐེར་འབུམ་༡.༥༩ མར་བབས་སོང་ནུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་སྦེ་ ནང་འདྲེན་མར་ཉམས་འགྱོ་མི་དང་ འོང་འབབ་ལུ་ཐོ་ཕོག་མི་དེ་ གཙོ་བོ་ར་ གཞུང་གིས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་གི་ བཙོང་ཁྲལ་ཡངས་ཆག་ བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་༡༠༠ འབད་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཨིནམ་ད་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༢ ལུ་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་ ཉེར་མཁོའི་ཅ་ཆས་༡༠ གྱི་གྲས་ལས་ གཅིག་ཏམ་ཁུ་ཨིན་པས།

འབྲུག་གིས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་ ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་ནི་དང་ བཙོང་ནི་ཚུ་ བཀག་དམ་འབད་མི་དེ་ འབྲུག་གི་ཁྲལ་བཅའ་ཁྲིམས་༢༠༢༡ ཅན་མ་ འཕྲི་སྣོན་འབད་ཞིནམ་ལས་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༡ ཟླ་༧ པ་ལས་ བསྟར་སྤྱོད་འབད་ནི་འགོ་བཙུགས་མི་དེ་ཡང་ གཙོ་བོ་ར་ ནད་ཡམས་ཀོ་བིཌ་༡༩ ཐོན་པའི་ཚ་གྱང་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་བསྒང་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་ འཕྲོ་མཐུད་དེ་ར་ ས་མཚམས་ལས་ཕར་ ཁྲིམས་འགལ་ཐོག་ལས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་ ནག་ཚོང་འཐབ་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་གིས་སྦེ་ གཞུང་གིས་ བཅའ་ཁྲིམས་བསྐྱར་ཞིབ་འབད་ཞིནམ་ལས་ བཙོང་ཁྲལ་བརྒྱ་ཆ་༡༠༠ ལས་ ཀླད་ཀོར་སྦེ་ དགོངས་ཡང་བཏང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ཨིན་རུང་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༢ ཟླ་༡༡ པའི་ནང་ གཞུང་གིས་ ལོག་སྟེ་ར་ བཙོང་ཁྲལ་བརྒྱ་ཆ་ལས་༡༠༠ བཀལ་བའི་ཁར་ ཏམ་ཁུ་ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་མི་ལུ་ ཅ་ཁྲལ་བརྒྱ་ཆ་༡༠ འབྲུག་གི་ཁྲལ་གི་བཅའ་ཁྲིམས་༢༠༢༢ ཅན་མའི་ དགོངས་དོན་དང་འཁྲིལ་ཏེ་ཨིན་པས།

སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༣ ལུ་ ཏམ་ཁུ་ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ འོང་འབབ་ཁྲལ་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༥༤༢ ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་ བཟོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

འབྲུག་གི་ཅ་དམ་བཅའ་ཁྲིམས་༢༠༡༧ ཅན་མའི་ དོན་ཚན་༦༣ པ་དང་འཁྲིལཝ་ད་ ནང་འདྲེན་དང་ ཕྱིར་ཚོང་གི་ ཅ་ཆས་ ཁྲལ་བཀལ་མི་དང་ ཁྲལ་བཀལ་མ་བཏུབ་ག་ཅི་ཨིན་རུང་ འོང་འབབ་དང་ཅ་དམ་ལས་ཁུངས་ཀྱི་ ཡིག་ཚང་དང་ ས་ཁོངས་ནང་ལྷོདཔ་ད་ གསལ་སྟོན་འབད་དགོཔ་ཨིན་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ཅ་དམ་ཁྲིམས་ལུགས་དང་ སྒྲིག་གཞི་༢༠༡༧ ཅན་མ་དང་འཁྲིལཝ་ད་ ནང་འདྲེན་དང་ ཕྱིར་ཚོང་གི་ ཅ་ཆས་ཚུ་ག་ཅི་ཨིན་རུང་ འཛུལ་སྒོ་དང་ འཐོན་སྒོ་ནང་ལྷོདཔ་ད་ ཅ་དམ་འགོ་དཔོན་ཚུ་ལུ་ གསལ་སྟོན་འབད་དགོཔ་ཨིན་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ཅ་དམ་བཅའ་ཁྲིམས་དང་འཁྲིལཝ་ད་ གལ་སྲིད་ མི་ངོམ་ཅིག་གིས་ ཁྲིམས་འགལ་ཐོག་ལས་ ཅ་ཆས་ཚུ་ འཛུལ་སྒོ་དང་ འཐོན་སྒོ་ཚུ་ནང་ གསལ་སྟོན་མ་འབད་མི་ལུ་ ཅ་ཆས་ཀྱི་་གོང་ཚད་གུ་ ཉེས་བྱ་བརྒྱ་ཆ་༥༠ བཀལ་ནི་ཨིན་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༣ ལུ་ རྒྱ་གར་ལས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་མི་ལུ་ ཡོངས་བསྡོམས་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༥༢༩.༧༤ དང་ གཞན་མི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ཚུ་ལས་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༡༢.༥༩ ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་ནུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ སི་ག་རེཊ་ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་མི་རྐྱངམ་གཅིག་ལུ་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༥༠༧.༦༥ གནས་ནུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

དུས་ཅི་ འདས་པའི་ཟླཝ་༣ ནང་ འབྲུག་གིས་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༡༦༦.༩༢ གནས་པའི་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་ ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༡ ལུ་ ཁྲལ་ཡངས་ཆག་བཏང་པའི་སྐབས་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༤༥༣.༥༤ གནས་པའི་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ནང་འདྲེན་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ད་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༠ ལུ་ ནང་འདྲེན་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༡༤༤.༢༣ དང་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༡༩ ལུ་ ནང་འདྲེན་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༠.༦༦ དེ་ལས་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༡༨ ལུ་ དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༡.༠༧ གནས་པའི་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་རིགས་ཚུ་ ནང་འདྲེན་འཐབ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༡༩ གི་ ཞིབ་འཚོལ་སྙན་ཞུ་དང་འཁྲིལཝ་ད་ ད་ལྟོ་ ལག་ལེན་འཐབ་བཞིན་ཡོད་པའི་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་བརྒྱ་ཆ་༢༣.༩ འབད་མི་དེ་ སྐྱེས་ལོ་༡༥ ལས་༦༩ འབད་མི་ཚུ་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ད་ལྟོའི་བར་ན་ཡང་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཀྱི་རིགས་ འཛུགས་སྐྱོང་འབད་ནི་དེ་ བཀག་དམ་ཨིནམ་མ་ཚད་ མི་མང་གི་ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ ཏམ་ཁུ་འཐུང་མ་ཆོགཔ་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ ཚོང་པ་ཚུ་གིས་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་ཚུ་ ལོ་ན་མ་སྨིན་པའི་ཨ་ལོ་ཚུ་ལུ་ བཙོང་མ་ཆོག་པའི་ཁར་ སློབ་གྲྭ་དང་ ལྷ་ཁང་ དགོན་སྡེ་ སྨན་ཁང་ གཞི་རྟེན་སྨན་ཁང་ དེ་ལས་ གནས་ཀྱི་ས་གོ་དང་ ཉེ་འདབས་ཚུ་ནང་ ཏམ་ཁུ་དང་ཏམ་ཁུའི་ཐོན་སྐྱེད་རིགས་ཚུ་ བཙོང་མ་ཆོགཔ་བཞིན་དུ་ ཁྲིམས་འགལ་ཨིན་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།

དོན་གཅོད་ཡིག་ཚང་ སྒོ་འབྱེད་འབད་ཡོདཔ།

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 10:08

སྤྱི་ཟླ་༥ པའི་ཚེས་༡༥ ལུ་ ཅེག་རི་པབ་ལིག་གིས་ ཐིམ་ཕུག་ལུ་སྦེ་ དོན་གཅོད་ཡིག་ཚང་ སྒོ་འབྱེད་འབད་ཡོདཔ་བཞིན་དུ་ བསྟན་འཛིན་ཡོན་ཏན་དེ་ དོན་གཅོདཔ་སྦེ་ བསྐོ་བཞག་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

འཛིན་ཡོན་ཏན་དེ་ ཐིམ་ཕུག་རྒྱལ་འཛིན་མཐོ་རིམ་སློབ་གྲྭའི་ མཉམ་འབྲེལ་གཞི་བཙུགས་འབད་མི་དང་ མདོ་ཆེན་ནམ་ གཙོ་འཛིན་ཨིནམ་མ་ཚད་ དཔལ་འབྱོར་གོང་འཕེལ་བཀོད་ཚོགས་ཀྱི་ འཐུས་མི་ཨིན་པས།

སྒོ་འབྱེད་རྟེན་འབྲེལ་ནང་ ཕྱི་འབྲེལ་དང་ཕྱིར་ཚོང་ལྷན་ཁག་གི་ བློན་པོ་ཌི་ཨེན་ དུང་གེལ་དང་ རྒྱ་གར་ལུ་ ཅེག་རི་པབ་ལིག་གི་ གཞུང་ཚབ་ཨི་ལིས་ཀ་ ཛི་གོ་བ་གིས་ གྲལ་གཏོགས་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ཅེག་རི་པབ་ལིག་གི་ དོན་གཅོད་ཡིག་ཚང་དེ་ ཐིམ་ཕུག་ སྔ་སྦིས་ཕུག་ལུ་ རྒྱལ་འཛིན་མཐོ་རིམ་སློབ་གྲྭའི་ ས་ཁོངས་ནང་ཨིན་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།

ཨེ་ཨེཕི་སི་སྤྱིར་བཏང་མི་མང་ཉིནམ་ བརྩི་སྲུང་།

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 10:07

སྤྱི་ཟླ་༥ པའི་ཚེས་༡༥ ལུ་ འབྲུག་ཕུཊ་བཱོལ་ཚོགས་པ་གིས་ དགེ་ལེགས་ཕུག་རྩེད་ཐང་ནང་སྦེ་ ཨེ་ཨེཕི་སི་སྤྱིར་བཏང་མི་མང་ཉིནམ་ བརྩི་སྲུང་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ད་ བརྩི་སྲུང་ལས་རིམ་ནང་ དགེ་ལེགས་ཕུག་ཁྲོམ་དཔོན་དང་ འབྲུག་ཕུཊ་བཱོལ་ཚོགས་པའི་ ཐབས་བྱུས་མདོ་ཆེན་ ཕེ་ཌི་རེ་ཤེན་གྱི་ རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སྡེ་ཚན་མདོ་ཆེན་ དགེ་ལེགས་ཕུག་བུམོ་གི་སློབ་སྡེ་ དེ་ལས་ དགེ་ལེགས་ཕུག་འབྲིང་རིམ་སློབ་གྲྭ་འོག་མའི་ སློབ་དཔོན་དང་སློབ་ཕྲུག་ཚུ་གིས་ བཅའ་མར་གཏོགས་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

བཀྲིས་སྒང་ རང་འབྱུང་སློབ་གྲྭ་ལྟེ་བ་དང་ པདྨ་གླིང་པ་སློབ་གྲྭ་ལྟེ་བ་ བུམ་ཐང་མཁར་ས་སློབ་གྲྭ་ཆུང་བ་ དེ་ལས་ གཏམ་ཞིང་གྲྭ་ཚང་གི་ དགེ་སློང་ཚུ་གིས་ཡང་ བརྩི་སྲུང་འབད་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ཡོངས་བསྡོམས་སློབ་ཕྲུག་༤༦༠དང་ དགེ་སློང་༣༤ གིས་ ཨེ་ཨེཕི་སི་སྤྱིར་བཏང་མི་མང་ཉིནམ་ བརྩི་སྲུང་ནང་ བཅའ་མར་གཏོགས་ཡོད་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།


Thu, 05/16/2024 - 16:30

ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་སེལ་ཐབས།

༉ ཐིམ་ཕུག་ལུ་སྡོད་མི་ སྐྱེས་ལོ་༣༢ ལང་མི་ རྣམ་རྒྱལ་གྱིས་ མོ་རའི་ ཆ་རོགས་ཚུ་དང་གཅིག་ཁར་ ཁོང་རའི་མི་སྡེ་ནང་ ཨ་རྟག་ར་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་བསྡུ་བསྒྱོམ་འབད་དེ་ ལོ་༢ དེ་ཅིག་ ལང་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་མས།

ཁོང་གིས་ ཧེ་མར་ བདུན་ཕྲག་༡ ནང་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་ཀེ་ཇི་༤༠ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་ བསྡུ་བསྒྱོམ་འབད་དོ་ཡོད་མི་དེ་ ད་རེས་འབདཝ་ད་ ཀེ་ཇི་༢༠༠དེ་ཅིག་ལུ་ ཡར་སེང་སོང་ཡོདཔ་ད་ ཐིམ་ཕུག་བཟུམ་མའི་ ཁྲོམ་སྡེའི་ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་དཀའ་ངལ་དེ་ ཚ་གྱང་ཆེ་བའི་ གཞི་གནད་ཅིག་ཨིན་མས།

ཐིམ་ཕུག་རྐྱངམ་གིས་ར་ ལོ་རེ་ནང་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་མེ་ཊིག་ཊཱོན་༡༨,༠༠༠དེ་ཅིག་ ཐོན་སྐྱེད་འབད་མི་ལུ་ལྟཝ་ད་ སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༢༤ གི་ནང་འཁོད་ ཉིནམ་རེ་ལུ་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་མེ་ཊིག་ཊཱོན་༦༨.༦ དེ་རེ་ འཐོན་ནི་ཨིནམ་ལས་ མཐའ་འཁོར་གནས་སྟངས་དང་ མི་མང་གི་འཕྲོད་བསྟེན་ དེ་ལས་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་མི་ཚེའི་སྤུས་ཚད་ལུ་ གདོང་ལེན་སྦོམ་སྦེ་ར་ འབྱུང་ནིའི་ཉེན་ཁ་འདུག།

རྣམ་རྒྱལ་དང་ མོ་རའི་ ཆ་རོགས་ཚུ་གིས་ ཁོང་རའི་མཐའ་འཁོར་ལས་ཕར་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་བསྡུ་བསྒྱོམ་འབད་ནི་ལུ་ བརྩོན་ཤུགས་བསྐྱེད་མི་དེ་ དཔེ་སྟོན་བཟུམ་ཅིག་ཨིནམ་ད་ གལ་སྲིད་ འབྲུག་མི་ག་ར་གིས་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་འཐབ་ནི་ལུ་ འདི་བཟུམ་མའི་ འབད་བརྩོན་བསྐྱེད་པ་ཅིན་ ང་བཅས་རའི་ མི་སྡེ་དང་ མཐའ་འཁོར་གནས་སྟངས་ལུ་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ གདོང་ལེན་བྱུང་མི་དེ་ མཉམ་རུབ་ཐོག་ལས་ སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་ཚུགས་ནི་ཨིན་མས།

ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་ཚུ་ བསྐྱར་ལོག་ལག་ལེན་འཐབ་ནི་དང་ ཡང་ཅིན་ བསྐྱར་བཟོ་འབད་ཚུགས་པ་ཅིན་ དང་པ་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་བཀོག་སའི་ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་ནང་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་མ་ཤོང་པའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་མི་འབྱུང་ནི་དང་ གཉིས་པ་ཟེརཝ་ད་ མཐའ་འཁོར་གནས་སྟངས་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ གནོད་ཉེན་ཚུ་ སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་ཚུགས་པའི་ ཕན་ཁྱད་འདུག།

ཨིན་རུང་ ངོ་རྐྱང་གི་ བརྩོན་ཤུགས་རྐྱངམ་གཅིག་གིས་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་དེ་ ཧྲིམ་བུམ་སྦེ་ར་ སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་མི་ཚུགས་ནི་ཨིནམ་ད་ གཞུང་དང་ གཞུང་མིན་ལས་སྡེ་ཚུ་གིས་ ཐབས་བྱུས་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་ཐོག་ལུ་ མཉམ་འབྲེལ་འབད་ནི་དེ་ཡང་ ཁག་ཆེ་དྲགས་ཅིག་ཨིན་མས།

ལྷག་པར་དུ་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་བསྡུ་བསྒྱོམ་འབད་ནི་དང་ ཕྱི་སེལ་རྐྱབ་ནི་ དེ་ལས་ བཀོག་སའི་ས་ཁོངས་ཚུ་གི་དོན་ལུ་ མ་རྩ་གཞི་བཙུགས་འབད་ནི་དེ་ དགོས་མཁོ་ཆེ་བའི་ཁར་ སྤྱིར་བཏང་མི་མང་གིས་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ འགན་འཁྲི་འབག་བཅུག་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ མི་སྡེ་ཚུ་ནང་ ཤེས་ཡོན་དང་ གོ་བརྡའི་ལས་རིམ་ཚུ་ དུས་དང་དུས་སུ་ འགོ་འདྲེན་འཐབ་པ་ཅིན་ ཕན་རླབས་འབྱུང་ཚུགས་ནི་ཨིན་མས།

དེ་ལས་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་ཚུ་ དོན་སྨིན་ཅན་སྦེ་ ལག་ལེན་འཐབ་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ ལུད་བཟོ་ནི་དང་ སྐྱེ་ལྡན་མེ་རླུང་བཟོ་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ ཐབས་རིག་དང་ འཕྲུལ་རིག་ཚུ་ གཞི་བཙུགས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་བཀོག་སའི་ས་ཁོངས་ནང་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་མ་ཤོང་པའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་མར་ཕབ་འབད་ཚུགས་ནི་ཨིན་མས།

འདི་བཟུམ་མའི་ ཡོངས་རྫོགས་ཐབས་ལམ་བཏོན་ཚུགས་པ་ཅིན་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་གི་ གདོང་ལེན་ཚུ་ གློ་བུར་དུ་ སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་ཚུགས་པའི་ཁར་ ཡུན་བརྟན་དམིགས་ཡུལ་ལུ་ ཕན་འདེབས་བྱུང་མི་དང་བསྟུན་ ང་བཅས་རའི་ མཐའ་འཁོར་ཉམས་སྲུང་དང་ རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དགའ་སྐྱིད་དཔལ་འཛོམས་ཀྱི་ ལྟ་བ་དང་གཞི་རྩ་ལུ་ ལྷན་ཐབས་འབད་ཚུགས་ནི་ཨིན་མས།

གཞུང་གི་ངོ་ཚབ་ལས་སྡེ་དང་ ས་གནས་ཀྱི་དབང་འཛིན་ ཚོང་པ་ ཞི་བའི་མི་སྡེ་ལས་ཚོགས་ དེ་ལས་ ངོ་རྐྱང་ཚུ་གིས་ ཕྱགས་སྙིགས་འཛིན་སྐྱོང་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ གདོང་ཁར་འཐོན་ཏེ་ མཉམ་རུབ་ཐོག་ལས་ ཐབས་ལམ་ཚུ་བཏོན་ཏེ་ ངེས་བརྟན་ལག་ལེན་འཐབ་དགོཔ་འདུག།


Thu, 05/16/2024 - 16:29

ཁ་ཙ་ བློན་ཆེན་ཚེ་རིང་སྟོབས་རྒྱས་ཀྱིས་ གཅིག་སྒྲིལ་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བའི་ གྲུབ་འབྲས་བསྐྱར་ཞིབ་འབད་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ གཞུང་དྲུང་ཆེན་ཚུ་དང་གཅིག་ཁར་ ཞལ་འཛོམས་འཚོགས་ཡོད་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།

ས་གནས་དཔེ་དུང་བྲག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་བཀག་ཐབས་ཀྱི་ ཐབས་ལམ་བཏོན་དགོཔ།

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 16:28

༉ འཕྲལ་འཕྲལ་ར་ རྐང་པར་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ས་གནས་ དཔེ་དུང་བྲག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་ཆད་མི་དེ་གིས་ རྒེད་འོག་དང་ ཁྲིམས་ཤིང་དྲུང་ཁག་གི་བར་ན་ འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་མི་ཚུ་ལུ་ དཀའ་ངལ་བྱིན་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

དེ་ཡང་ རྐང་པར་རྒེད་འོག་ལས་ ཀི་ལོ་མི་ཊར་༨ དེ་ཅིག་གི་ས་ཁར་ཡོདཔ་ད་ གནམ་བྱཱར་ཨ་རྟག་ར་ ས་གནས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལམ་མི་ཊར་༡༢༠དེ་ཅིག་ ས་རུད་ཀྱིས་ བསུབས་བཞག་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ས་རུད་ཆད་དེ་ འཁོར་ལམ་བསུབས་པའི་སྐབས་ ས་གནས་སྦ་དེང་ཕུག་བརྒྱུད་དེ་ འགྱོ་སའི་འཁོར་ལམ་སོ་སོ་ཅིག་ཡོད་རུང་ ཀི་ལོ་མི་ཊར་༥༨ དེ་ཅིག་ འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་དགོ་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ འཕྲལ་འཕྲལ་འཁོར་ལམ་དེ་ཡང་ ས་རུད་ཀྱིས་ བསུབས་བཞག་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ས་གནས་དཔེ་དུང་ཕུག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་ཆད་པའི་སྐབས་ རྒེད་འོག་བདག་སྐྱོང་གིས་ འཕྲུལ་ཆས་དང་ ལས་མི་ཚུ་བཙུགས་དོ་ཡོད་རུང་ འཁོར་ལམ་བསལ་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ ཟད་འགྲོ་མང་རབས་ཅིག་ གཏང་དགོཔ་ཐོན་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

ལོ་བསྟར་བཞིན་དུ་ འཁོར་ལམ་བསལ་ནི་དང་ ས་རུད་ཆད་མི་ཚུ་བསལ་བའི་སྐབས་ ཟད་འགྲོ་དངུལ་ཀྲམ་ས་ཡ་༡.༥ དང་ ས་ཡ་༢ ཀྱི་བར་ན་ གནས་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

རྐང་པར་རྒེད་འོག་གི་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་གིས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ ལོ་བསྟར་བཞིན་དུ་ དཔེ་དུང་ཕུག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་ཆད་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ གནམ་བྱཱར་ལུ་ ཕར་ཚུར་འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་དགོཔ་འཐོན་པའི་སྐབས་ དཀའ་ངལ་བྱུངམ་མས་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ས་གནས་ནང་སྡོད་མི་ ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ་གིས་ སླབ་མིའི་ནང་ ས་རུད་ཆད་དེ་ ལོ་༥ ལྷགཔ་ཅིག་སོང་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ ས་རུད་བཀག་ཐབས་འབད་ས་ཅིག་ མ་མཐོང་ཟེར་ཨིནམ་ད་ དུས་ཅི་འབད་རུང་ ས་རུད་ཆད་པ་ཅིན་ དཀའ་ངལ་ཐོག་ལུ་ར་ ལུས་ནི་མས་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ལ་ལོ་ཅིག་གིས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ ས་གནས་ནང་ ས་རུད་ཆད་པའི་གུ་ གཏན་འཇགས་ཀྱི་ཐབས་ལམ་ཅིག་ བཏོན་དགོཔ་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིནམ་ད་ ག་དེམ་ཅིག་སྦེ་ གནས་སྟངས་དེ་སྦེ་ར་ལུས་པ་ཅིན་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ དཀའ་ངལ་ཐོག་ལུ་ར་ སྡོད་དགོཔ་འཐོན་ནི་མས་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

དཔེ་དུང་ཕུག་ལུ་ ལམ་ལྟག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་དང་རྡོ་ཚུ་ སྤུངས་ཏེ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ འགྲུལ་པ་ཚུ་གི་ ཚེ་སྲོག་ལུ་ཉེན་ཁ་འདུག་ཟེར་ ས་གནས་ནང་སྡོད་མི་ སྨོན་ལམ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གིས་ བཤད་པའི་ཁར་ གནོད་སྐྱོན་མ་བྱུངམ་ལས་ མགྱོགས་སུ་སྦེ་ ཐབས་ཤེས་བཏོན་དགོཔ་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ཞི་གཡོགཔ་ཚུ་གིས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ དཔེ་དུང་ལུ་ མི་ལུ་ཤི་རྐྱེན་བྱུང་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ ས་གནས་དེ་ ས་རུད་ལས་བརྟེན་ འདྲོག་སི་སི་ཅིག་ལུ་གྱུར་ཏེ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

འཁོར་ལམ་བདའ་སྟེ་ འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་བའི་སྐབས་ འཕྲལ་འཕྲལ་ར་ རྡོ་འབུད་འོང་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ ཉེན་ཁ་སྦོམ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ ཞི་གཡོགཔ་ཅིག་གིས་ བཤད་པའི་ཁར་ འདས་པའི་ལོ་༥ དེ་ཅིག་ ས་རུད་ཆད་མི་ལུ་བརྟེན་ དཀའ་ངལ་ཐོག་ལུ་ར་ སྡོད་ཡོདཔ་བཞིན་དུ་ དུས་ཅི་འབད་རུང་ དཀའ་ངལ་བྱིན་ནི་བཟུམ་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

བོ་ལི་རོ་དེད་གཡོགཔ་ བཀྲིས་དབང་འདུས་ཀྱིས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ གནམ་དགུན་ལུ་ འཁོར་ལམ་ལེགས་བཅོས་མ་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ གནམ་བྱཱར་ལུ་ དཀའ་ངལ་བྱིན་ནི་དེ་ ངེས་བདེན་ཨིན་ཟེར་ཨིནམ་ད་ སྦས་དེང་ཕུག་བརྒྱུད་དེ་ འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་རུང་ གནམ་བྱཱར་ལུ་ དཀའ་ངལ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ཁོ་གིས་ སླབ་མིའི་ནང་ རྒེད་འོག་གི་འཁོར་ལམ་དེ་ མི་རློབས་༥,༤༥༩ དེ་ཅིག་ལུ་ མེད་ཐབས་མེད་པའི་འཁོར་ལམ་ཅིག་ཨིན་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

འཁོར་ལམ་ལག་ལེན་འཐབ་མི་ཚུ་དང་འཁྲིལ་བ་ཅིན་ གནམ་བྱཱར་ལུ་ འཁོར་ལམ་བསལ་ནི་ཡོད་རུང་ ཡུན་བརྟན་གྱི་དོན་ལས་ དཀའ་ངལ་དེ་ སེལ་ཐབས་འབད་དགོཔ་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

དཔེ་དུང་ཕུག་ལུ་ ས་རུད་ཆད་མི་དེ་ བཀག་ཐབས་འབད་དགོ་པའི་སྐོར་ལས་ རྒེད་འོག་བདག་སྐྱོང་ལུ་ ཞུ་བ་འབད་ཡོད་རུང་ ད་ལྟོ་ཚོན་ཚོད་ ག་ནི་ཡང་ འབད་ས་མ་མཐོང་ཟེར་ དེད་གཡོག་བཀྲིས་ཀྱིས་ བཤད་པའི་ཁར་ ས་རུད་ཆད་དེ་ ལོ་༥ དེ་ཅིག་ འགྱོ་དོ་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

རྐང་པར་རྒཔོ་ སངས་རྒྱས་བསྟན་འཛིན་གྱིས་འབད་བ་ཅིན་ རྒེད་འོག་བདག་སྐྱོང་གིས་ རྫོང་ཁག་དང་གཞུང་ལུ་ ས་རུད་བཀག་ཐབས་ཀྱི་ ཐབས་ལམ་བཏོན་དགོ་པའི་ གྲོས་འཆར་བཙུགས་ཡི་ཟེར་ཨིནམ་ད་ དེའི་ལན་གསལ་ལུ་ སྒུག་སྟེ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

གཞུང་གི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས་ ས་ཁམས་མཁས་མཆོག་དང་ ལམ་གྱི་མཁས་མཆོག་ཚུ་བཏང་སྟེ་ ཞིབ་དཔྱད་འབད་ཞིནམ་ལས་ ཐབས་ལམ་བཏོན་གནང་པ་ཅིན་ བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ་ནི་མས་ཟེར་ རྒཔོ་གིས་བཤད་པའི་ཁར་ རྒེད་འོག་བདག་སྐྱོང་ལུ་ མ་དངུལ་ཚད་ཅིག་ལས་བརྒལ་མེདཔ་ལས་ འབད་ཐབས་ག་ནི་ཡང་ མིན་འདུག་ཟེར་ཨིན་པས།

ཀི་ལོ་མི་ཊར་༣༣ འབད་མི་ རྒེད་འོག་ལྟེ་བའི་འཁོར་ལམ་དེ་ མཁར་རུང་ལ་ལས་འགོ་བཙུགས་ རྐང་པར་རྒེད་འོག་ཚུན་ སྤྱི་འོག་༥ གི་ མི་སེར་ཚུ་ལུ་ ཁེ་ཕན་བྱུང་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་རུང་ འཕྲལ་འཕྲལ་ར་ འཁོར་ལམ་བསུབས་བཞག་ནི་དེ་གིས་ དཀའ་ངལ་བྱིན་དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན་པས།

རྐང་པར་རྒེད་འོག་དེ་ མཐའ་ཟུར་གྱི་ རྒེད་འོག་ཅིག་ཨིནམ་ལས་ ས་གནས་དཔེ་དུང་གི་གནས་སྟངས་དེ་ དེ་སྦེ་ར་ལུས་པ་ཅིན་ ཡར་རྒྱས་འགྱོ་ནི་ལུ་ དུས་ཡུན་ལེ་ཤ་འགོར་ནི་མས་ཟེར་ ཚོང་པ་ཅིག་གིས་ བཤད་ཡོད་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།



Thu, 05/16/2024 - 16:26

སྤྱི་ཟླ་༥ པའི་ཚེས་༡༤ ལུ་ བློན་ཆེན་ཚེ་རིང་སྟོབས་རྒྱས་དང་གཅིག་ཁར་ ཟུང་ཕྱོགས་ཞལ་འཛོམས་འཚོགས་པའི་སྐབས་ལུ་ རྒྱལ་གཞུང་འབྲུག་གི་འགག་སྡེ་གིས་ ལོ་༥ འི་འཆར་གཞི་༡༣ པའི་ ཁོང་རའི་འཆར་སྣང་ཚུ་ གསལ་ཞུ་ཕུལ་ཡོདཔ་ད་ ཡོངས་རྫོགས་གྲོས་བསྟུན་དེ་ཡང་ འབྲུག་མི་ཆ་མཉམ་གྱི་དོན་ལུ་ མ་འོངས་ཉེན་སྲུང་ ངེས་བརྟན་བཟོ་ནིའི་ རྒྱ་སྐྱེད་ཐབས་བྱུས་ཚུ་གི་ཐོག་ལས་ རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་ རྒྱལ་གཞུང་འབྲུག་གི་འགག་སྡེའི་ འགན་འཁྲི་ཚུ་ སྒྲིང་སྒྲི་བཟོ་ནིའི་ དམིགས་གཏད་ལུ་ཨིན་པའི་གནས་ཚུལ།

Water crisis grips Khasakha village

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 14:07

Dechen Dolkar

If a persistent water shortage plagues the capital city, can a nearby village be any different? In Bhutan, a water shortage is not confined to sprawling urban settlements.

Khasakha village, located 20 kilometres from Thimphu city, has been battling with a severe drinking water shortage for decades. With over 200 households and new ones emerging, the situation has hit a crisis point.

The village is located a few kilometres above Khasadrapchu town.

Earlier, the village relied on the Phandey Lum water source, seven kilometres above the village.

As the population grew, with Thimphu’s residents spilling over into the village, the water source could not meet the demand. So, the village tapped into the Wakila sources, 12 hours away. However, the new sources are but a trickle for the growing population.

In 2016, the village built two large reservoirs a few kilometres above the village. The reservoirs collect water from two different sources. But the sources are not big enough.

In around 2020, the government spent Nu 1.5 million on the Wakila water project. To top up the budget, each household contributed Nu 6,500, taking the total amount to Nu 2.6 million. However, the villagers claim that the project failed to resolve the crisis.

The village waterman, Phuntsho Namgay, said water from even two sources is not enough to fill the reservoir. He plugs the reservoirs’ outlets for two days and two nights before supplying water. “If I keep the outlet open daily, the tank won’t fill up, and I can’t distribute water equally to all the households,” he said. A 71-year-old resident, Lobsang Sherub, said water freezes in the pipes during winter, exacerbating the crisis. The water volume increases slightly in summer due to the rains.

He said most people drink water from small irrigation sources when water in their taps dries completely. The villagers do their laundry with irrigation water. “Some people even get water in their cars from other places,” he added.

The villagers have made an exception to the community temple. They have laid a separate pipe for it to enjoy a continuous water supply. The small water tank for the temple is locked up.

However, even specially designated tank and pipeline do not help. Lam Kesang Dawa, the resident lam of the temple, said during winter, he had to buy mineral water for daily water offering in the temple.

The waterman said 35 new households have been connected to the village’s water source. Sixty new households have asked for water supply.

The villagers say they have informed the gewog authorities that the Wakila project does not serve any purpose. They say only a small amount of water flows through the big pipes. Some pipes have been abandoned in the forest due to lack of water.

The villagers have requested the government implement a new water project at Tshalu Ney with a big stream.

Sangchu, 69, said a preliminary survey had been done three years ago for the new project. However, there are no updates on it.

Sangchu said the villagers also face a shortage of irrigation water. He said the villagers could not even grow vegetables on their fertile land because of the lack of water. “The villagers face a shortage of both drinking and irrigation water,” he said.

He added that the farmers had to wait for the rains to cultivate paddy. Many of them have left their paddy fields fallow.

Water is so scarce in the village that new residents are required to deposit Nu 26,000 with the drinking water committee to gain access to the village water supply. The village formed the committee to oversee drinking water supply. The committee has appointed two watermen and is paying them a monthly salary of Nu 31,000 and Nu 10,000. Annually, each household contributes Nu 2,650 to the committee to pay the watermen.

Waterman Phuntsho Namgay said that most residents living in rented apartments have left the village because of the water crisis.