Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

Regional Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Office (RAMCO) and Chali gewog are repairing the vegetable market shed in Gangola, the junction of Mongar and Lhuentse.

Monsoon damaged the old vegetable market shed last year, forcing farmers of Chali gewog, who sell in the area, to sell their farm produces in a temporary shed opposite to the vegetable market shed.

The old vegetable shed developed cracks on the floor and surroundings with parts of retaining wall fell apart.

RAMCO and the gewog decided to fund Nu 600,000 each for the maintenance work of the shed.

RAMCO’s assistant marketing officer, Tek Bahadur Tamang, said the maintenance costs around Nu 1.2M and the regional marketing office and the gewog agreed to share the cost.

He said maintenance work constitutes reconstruction of cracked walls and constructing about five feet tall additional adjoining wall below the main structure. “We will also strengthen the floor with a concrete slab.”

Tek Bahadur said half of the floor was left without slab and adding  slab would make the shed more stable.

Agriculture officials said they were targeting to complete the restoration work before the end of June.

Given its strategic location, Gangola vegetable shed helps farmers of Chali generate income from selling products to travellers along the highway.

The shed has ample space for the local vendors to display and sell their local produce as well as a storage room for the leftovers.