The residents of Bunorkha in Chukha’s Chapcha gewog say that electric fencing will help protect their fields from wild animals such as deer, wild boars, and monkeys. The village does not have electric fencing today.

Bunorkha also known as Bunakha produces all the agricultural products it needs  and is almost a self-reliant village.

However, residents are facing difficulties in guarding their fields from wild animals.

A resident of the village, Dema said that wild animals usually raid their fields during the time of harvest. “We shout at the deer but it does not go away,” she said, adding that it is necessary to install electric fencing.

Another Bunorkha resident, Pema Wangmo also said that electric fencing is needed and would benefit the village.

Farmers have fenced their fields with barbed wire but it is ineffective against monkeys.

As most of the residents of the village own vast amounts of land, that are also scattered, guarding all the fields at once is a challenge.

“This is a place that needs electric fencing,” Chethay said, explaining that their hazelnut trees have also been damaged by animals.

Meanwhile, Chapcha gup, Tobgay said that Bunorkha should submit a proposal to the gewog for electric fencing. “It has to come from their side,” the gup said, so that it can be placed in the plans. “They have not asked for electric fencing so far.”

Bunorkha has a population of around 200 people. It is the least populated village in Chapcha, Chukha.

Rajesh Rai | Chukha