Since 2010, farmers of Phajo Gonpa village (23 households) in Lauri Gewog have abandoned the paddy cultivation due to human wildlife conflict and damage of natural water irrigation system by landslides. This has led to farmers becoming more dependent on chemical contaminated imported rice from India.

In line with the government’s target of enhancing rice sufficiency by 15% during the 12th five year plan, SJI is working with this village in a small way to revive the paddy cultivation using the SRI method on 24 acres of land with a financial assistance from Austrian Coordination Office, Thimphu.

9 farmers are on their 2 days visit to Dewathang to learn SRI method of paddy cultivation at Rekhay village. They will be also trained by our prospective lead farmers on the best organic agriculture practices.


land preparation.                                                                         Paddy transplantation

Youth’s participation