After 18 years, Menchari village is finally reviving paddy cultivation with the initiative of youth group and lead farmer in the community. Initially, an acre of land is being cultivated as a pilot. The area will be up scaled from next year with a necessary support from relevant agencies.
This will build on SJI’s successful implementation of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project at Rekhay village in Dewathang. This is expected to increase in their food self-sufficiency and reduce import of chemical laden rice from India. It is also in accordance with the government’s target of enhancing rice sufficiency by 15% during the 12th five year plan.
According to the youth group, vegetables will be cultivated during winter on same field to intensify production from a limited arable area.