Farmers in Samdrup Jongkhar fetching good ginger price

With the Covid-19 restrictions well and truly lifted, farmers in Samdrup Jongkhar have been able to fetch good prices for their ginger. Indian traders are now allowed to come into Samdrup Jongkhar to buy ginger helping farmers fetch a minimum of Nu 30 for a kilogram of ginger.    

The Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions, which came with it had ginger farmers in Samdrup Jongkhar wanting more for their hard work.

Despite the government taking their ginger through the buyback scheme, farmers could only fetch a maximum of Nu 30 a kilogram for the past three years.

Things have changed now. With Indian traders back in the picture, Bhutanese ginger price has reached to Nu 35 a kilogram. Much to the delight of the farmers.

Tshewang Tenzin a ginger grower in Pemathang Gewog says during the pandemic, some villagers sold ginger at Nu 7 to Nu 8 per kilogram. “Now with the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, we get between 32 to 35 ngultrum for a kilogram of ginger.”

“Now Indian traders come here and buy our ginger. Last time, we got Nu 32 to Nu 35. Now Indian traders come to us and agree to give Nu 36 for one kilogram of ginger,” said Phurpa Wangdi, a ginger farmer in Martshala Gewog.

“Compared to last year, this year the prices are better. Last year, I got Nu 25 for one kilogram but this year I am getting Nu 30 per kilogram. So, there is difference of Nu 7 to Nu 8,”  said Ugyen Dorji, another farmer from Martshala Gewog.

As per Agriculture Survey Report 2021, Samdrup Jongkhar district is the highest ginger producer in the country.

For most villagers in the district, ginger is one of the primary sources of income.

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