EU delegation inspects irrigation schemes

Published on Jan 26 2009 // Main News
Thimphu, January 24: A four-member European Union delegation of Hans Schoof, Kamini Paul, Kristina Buende and Laszlo Illes visited Wangdue Phodrang and Tsirang Dzongkhag on January 21 and 22 to inspect irrigation projects in the districts. 
The delegation visited Megachu Irrigation Scheme and talked with the local farmers and the Renewal Natural Resources (RNR) staffs of Wangdue Phodrang. The village has 15 households and 40 acres of agriculture land where rice, citrus, chilly, beans, fruit trees and vegetables are grown. 
The team also visited Damphu town in Tsirang and a held short meeting with Dzongkhag officials. On the occasion, chief district officer Lhendup R Wangchu stressed the need for rural access by constructing farm roads and power tiller tracks in the district what he said would enhance farmers’ income and prevent rural to urban migration. Currently, 11 out of 12 geogs have at least one farm road. 
The delegation also visited the starting point of construction of 10.7 km of farm road from Damphu to upper Salami under Kikhorthang geopg, constructed with the support of Euro 171500.14 from ASSP.
The team also visited Ratey Irrigation channel and Livestock Sector Support Project (LSSP), Milk Processing Unit at Beteni geog to talk with milk producers’ group and RNR centre at Goseling geog. Bhutan News Service