Staff Reporter

Villagers in Ura gewog, Bumthang celebrated the birth of Her Royal Highness the Gyalsem receiving 16 mini-tillers and 12 greenhouses with a combined worth of Nu 2.4 million yesterday.

Druk Nyo Foundation in collaboration with the Ura Gewog Administration distributed the greenhouses measuring 5m x 20m to farmers’ groups in Ura’s 11 villages.

The goods were provided by the Post covid support to the communities of Ura Project which focuses on uplifting food self-sufficiency through farm mechanisation and training in sustainable agriculture development. This project is implemented in partnership with ASIA an international NGO based in Italy with fund support from PCDM, according to a press release from Druk Nyo Foundation.

The project also has components of post-COVID hygiene awareness. A handbook on organic farming and a brochure on the post-covid awareness on post covid hygiene was also launched on the day together with the handing over of three oxygen concentrators, 10 fingertips pulse oximeter and 10 BP machines to Ura Health Centre.

The one-year project has also offered training on greenhouse management to farmers, and training on organic farming and horticulture will also be offered to farmers to expand their knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture farming.

Considering the difficulty for the farmers in facilitating their products to the market and buyers for income, the project will also construct two vegetable sale shelters, one on the national highway for the farmers of Shingnyer and another one for the group of mushroom growers of Sumthrang.