Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

Farmers of Jangdung and Saling villages in Mongar are happy that they could now sell their farm produces to the passersby on the Mongar-Bumthang highway at Menchugang and generate income.

The roadside market shed, however, does not have electricity and water facility.

A vendor, Ugyen Choden, said weather is hot most of the time and they need light to use fan during the day and deep freezer to store their unsold stock.

She said they usually stay until 6pm and electricity connection would also help both buyers and vendors. “We will pay the electric bills.”

Another vendor, Dechen, from Saling said there is water shortage.

She claimed that they fetch water from nearby settlements. “There are also some buyers wanting to use toilet or some travellers stuck due to road block spend nights here. Water connection and electricity is must.”

There are seven permanent vendors selling their farm products like vegetables, tengma (beaten maize) and fruits like watermelon and other seasonal fruits.

The single unit market shed with attached toilet and provisions of water pipeline connection was constructed by the Regional Agriculture Marketing Cooperative office (RAMCO) in Mongar with the fund of Nu 900,000 and has been operational since June last year.

Meanwhile, Saling gewog said they would resolve the matter.

Saling gewog’s administrative officer, Tshering Zangmo, said the vendors did not report the matter to the gewog. “We would discuss it with the vendors during the consultation meeting soon and include in the 13th Plan.”