…𝑹𝒂𝒅𝒉𝒊 𝑮𝒆𝒘𝒐𝒈 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒂 𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔
By Phurpa Wangmo
In an exciting development, Radhi Gewog in Trashigang has successfully resolved its long-standing water scarcity problem with the completion of a new irrigation channel from Chongdiri. The inauguration of this crucial project took place on Thursday, marking a significant milestone for the community.
The newly inaugurated irrigation channel aims to address the persistent water scarcity issues faced by the residents of Radhi Gewog. Comprising 8 villages, including Chema, Jonla, Dekiling, Sangkhar, Tongling, Khatoe, and Kadam, the Gewog heavily relies on agriculture for sustenance. However, the shortage of water has hindered the growth of the agricultural sector in the area.
In a commendable initiative, the authorities have allocated a budget of Nu. 9 lakhs for vital maintenance work on the existing irrigation channel in Tokshimang, Langten, Bongman, and Melongkhar villages. This channel, which has served the communities for years, is currently undergoing comprehensive repairs, with approximately 80-90% of the work already completed.
Recognizing the importance of a reliable water source for Pakaling Chewog, authorities have devised a strategic plan to connect the village’s water supply to the nearby Yudhiri source. This ambitious endeavor is set to kick off in the near future, with a budget of 3 million allocated for its successful implementation.
Yonten Phuntsho, the Gup of Radhi Gewog, said, “The new irrigation channel will greatly benefit all our communities. Considering that Radhi is known as the rice bowl of the country, the availability of water is of utmost importance, and the completion of this vital infrastructure project is expected to significantly improve the lives of more than 300 households.”
The Gup further highlighted that the construction of the irrigation channel also addresses the challenges posed by a single water source in Phagpari, which was unable to meet the demands of the growing population. This inadequacy often led to conflicts, particularly during the paddy cultivation season. However, with the completion of the new irrigation channel, such conflicts are anticipated to be minimized, bringing relief to the residents.
In addition to the completion of the irrigation channel, the Gewog authorities have committed to regular maintenance to ensure its longevity and effectiveness. Furthermore, plans are underway to introduce innovative paddy cultivation techniques that require less water. The Gup revealed his intention to pilot these techniques on his own field this year, with the potential to extend the benefits to the entire community in the future.
The Gup shared his aspirations for the community, expressing hope that one day they would be fortunate enough to receive a water flagship program. Such an initiative would alleviate the burden of regular maintenance of irrigation channels, providing long-lasting benefits for their communities.
Thrilled by the prospects of improved water access, farmer Thinley from Radhi conveyed his delight. He emphasized the significance of this development, particularly during the crucial paddy cultivation season. Thinley expressed gratitude for the increased water availability, which would significantly contribute to their agricultural activities.
Zangmo, another resident of Radhi, shed light on the challenges faced during the paddy season due to inadequate water supply. She shared her relief, believing that reliable water supply would mitigate conflicts with neighboring communities that arose from water scarcity issues in the past. “I hope with the new irrigation channel, it would bring renewed hope and a promising future for the residents of our Gewog,” added Zangmo.
Farmer Sangay said, “The collective efforts to prioritize water access will not only ensure food security but also contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the community.”
With the completion of the new irrigation channel, Radhi Gewog has taken a significant stride towards securing a reliable water supply for its agricultural activities. This accomplishment promises to enhance the livelihoods of the residents and strengthen Radhi’s position as a vital agricultural hub in the country.
The project, which was constructed at a cost of Nu. 1 million, is expected to bring about substantial benefits to the community, enhancing livelihoods and promoting agricultural growth.