Agriculture: Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji launched numerous farming activities during his ongoing tour of the eastern dzongkhags that began on February 12.

Lyonpo inaugurated the Domkhar Land Development Programme at Tshenkhar gewog in Lhuentse. About 46 acres of land will be developed for easy mechanisation and the programme will benefit 65 households.

He also talked about the nutritional benefits of eggs and encouraged farmers to rear at least three poultry birds each. “Birds will be supplied free of cost to interested farmers,” he said.

As part of his tour, numerous farm mechanisation demonstrations were held in the dzongkhags.

Lyonpo launched the Commercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihoods Enhancement Programme (CARLEP) website during his visit to the Agricultural Regional Development Centre in Wengkhar.

Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji also met with dzongdags of the six eastern dzongkhags along with other dzongkhag officials including agriculture and livestock officers during the regional programme implementation committee meeting of CARLEP in Mongar.

The minister asked the dzongkhag administrations to identify fallow land in their respective dzongkhags and collaborate with the Farm Machinery Corporation Ltd to reuse them.

He also talked on the importance of waste management and encouraged education for the people on waste management through awareness programmes and campaigns, especially on 9th of every month.

On the way to Trashiyangtse, he visited the Khamdang Dairy Farm in Kencholing. The farm is owned by a graduate youth who has a jersey cow and six Karan Fries with eight calves.

The minister also met with school teachers in the dzongkhags and talked about the importance of nutrition security and asked them to institute a system of three eggs a child a week.

Lyonpo also attended the opening session of the Lhuentse dzongkhag tshogdu.

He will be on tour till March 12.

Staff Reporter