Phurpa Lhamo | Wangdue

Domsa village in Wangdue will soon be connected with a road. The soon-to-be organic village is expected to boost agriculture production with the coming of the road.

According to Peta, a farmer, the road was important for a village that focused on massive agriculture production.

It takes three hours for the people of Domsa to get to the nearest road point today. “We have to hire horses to take the produce to the market,” Peta said. For a single three-hour journey, Peta pays Nu 400.

Farmers in Domsa grow chilli, radish, eggplant and spinach. Almost all 30 acres of land in Domsa is cultivated.

According to Daga agriculture extension Tashi Dema, a farmer cultivated a minimum of 30 decimals and a maximum of two acres of chillies every year.

While nursery work began in June, the harvest usually reached the market by November and December. Farmers cultivate both big and small chillies.

Today, of the 6.5km distance, over 1km has been paved. Work began about a week ago. Pavement work is expected to complete by May.

With the road, farmers expect marketing process to ease. “Earlier, we used to carry produce on our backs or used horses. We take our produce to Punakha and Wangdue,” Peta said.

Peta added that with the new road, income would also increase.

Annually, Peta earns around Nu 90,000. “If we don’t pay for the horses and have to carry things on our backs, it would be easy to work.”

Domsa will soon be certified as an organic village.

The road is constructed with gewog budget of Nu 4 million.