Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing

From ferns to cheese and butter and eggs, farmers in Samtse and Chukha are continuously contributing local produces to the Covid-19 cause in Phuentsholing.

Starting from April 2, as of yesterday, more than 15 farmers’ groups and communities have contributed.

On April 13, a group of people from Dogar village in Dophuchen contributed 300 bundles of ferns, seven cartons of eggs, 211 chees balls, 18kg butter, juice, and water.

Rin Dorji, a corporate worker in Thimphu said that he discussed about the initiative with the villagers back home at Dogar.

“Although we don’t have much to contribute our objective was to contribute whatever we could as a community in this difficult times,” he said.

The Dogar group also included people from those communities working in private sector, corporate and government offices.

As of yesterday, Phuentsholing has received close to 2,000 bundles of ferns, more than 30kgs of local butter, more than 100 trays of eggs and more than 860 cheese balls from different communities of Samtse and Chukha.

Apart from vegetables and dairy products, farmers have also contributed rice.

Purna Bahadur Rai, a representative of Bameygang village in Dophuchen said all the people in their community searched for ferns in their community forest. The villagers contributed 1,005 bundles of ferns.

“We contributed whatever we could after having discussions among the villagers,” the villager said.

Purna also said that villagers from Dumtey gewog were also planning to contribute for the Covid-19 cause.

Chairman of Khamed Tapthang Vegetable Group, Vishnu Basnet from Darla gewog said this is the time to help the government and country at large.

“It is a crucial time,” he said.