Farmers of khar Gewog hope for bountiful harvest after concret-post electric fencing success

The community of Yajur in Khar Gewog in Pema Gatshel is rejoicing as they have successfully installed electric fencing with concrete posts. The initiative of the Tarayana Foundation and the UNDP Bhutan’s Small Grants Programme has brought smiles to the faces of villagers and promises a bountiful harvest from their hard work in the fields.

The concrete posts installed in Yajur village of Khar Gewog are used for the electric fencing.

This new development is protecting the community’s crops and livelihoods.

“We previously considered the use of wooden poles but found it to be unsustainable based on our past experiences. After extensive discussions and seeking advice from various sources, we have decided to opt for concrete poles this time,” said Kinzang Wangchuk, a resident.

“We previously used wooden poles, which would last only for two to three years, for solar fencing. The current sustainable installation is proving highly beneficial. Thanks to Her Majesty for this solution,” said Wangdi Dema, another resident.

“In the past, wooden poles would collapse, allowing wild animals into the field. With the introduction of concrete posts, we anticipate enjoying the benefits for centuries to come,” said Jigme Dorji, who is also a resident.

The electric fencing, complete with concrete posts, has instilled a feeling of security among the villagers, revitalizing their hopes for a good harvest season.

“We were able to harvest vegetables and even sold some this year. Unlike in the past when wild animals posed challenges, our garden now flourishes with cassava, colocasia, and various vegetables,” said Wangdi Dema.

“In the past, we had to harvest maize immediately, selecting only the mature ones. Today, however, we have chosen not to harvest despite maturity, allowing it to dry thoroughly on the plant,” said Jigme Dorji.

The villagers now plan to do minor maintenance on the electric fencing and the concrete posts themselves.

“During the summer season, the grass would grow long, touching the wires and disrupting the current flow. In our future plans, we are considering the construction of a concrete slab beneath the fencing to control the growth of grass,” said Tsheltrim Lhundup, the Khar-Yajur Chiwog Tshogpa.

The UNDP Bhutan’s Small Grants Project funded over USD 45,000 and the Tarayana Foundation co-financed almost USD 25,000 for the project.

The project constructed 10 kilometres of electric fencing, benefiting 75 households in Khengzor and Yajur villages.

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