Aum Dawa Lham and Tandin Pem, mother and daughter, from gathana are amongst the top vegetables producers in Gasa. Last year they made Nu.20,000 selling eggplant alone. My respect to them even though I do not know much about growing vegetables, it sounds like success and with MORE potential to explore. They grow an impressive amount of vegetables. A Nu.700-1200 travel fare with ADDITIONAL costs for transporting the farm produce either up to Gasa or down towards Punakha, an added uncertainty in finding vehicles in the first place, has kept several vegetable growers, like aum Dawa and Tandin, from tapping into the market properly. They tell me a scheduled bus service would allow them to not only send pre-ordered batches of vegetables to clients as required, but make it in time to khuruthang farmers’ market without a night-halt and expenses that come with it. It would also allow them to spend more time tending to the vegetables instead of waiting on the dusty road with sometimes nothing but wilted vegetables at the end of the long wait.
They have inspired me by how they work despite the challenges. Farming should be least obstacled, atleast in providing the best possibility at success because at the end of the day there can be no self-reliance without us growing our own food.
[Photos by me]