Soil and land management to enhance farmland in Labar and Bongman
Soil and land management to enhance farmland in Labar and Bongman
Bhutan is a land locked country with very steep slope land topography where 2.93% of total land area is under cultivatable where as 58% of the population depends on agriculture farming (MoLHR, 2015). With the growing number of population there is ever increasing pressure on land. One of the ways to make agriculture farming an attractive avenue is by making our land improve workability. This can be possible with sustainable land management (SLM) interventions. Sustainable land management strategy is a long term phenomenon that is environmentally friendly and followed in many the countries in the world.

Khar gewog is one of the gewog which is rich biodiversity. The Gewog has steep land topography among 11 Gewog of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag. Gewog comprises with five chiwog and among which Labar and Bongman village have very steep farm land where agriculture farming found very difficult. Two villages are with 48 households with110 people. These two villages depend on dry land for their livelihood. They grow cereal crops such as maize, Sweet buckwheat, upland paddy and wheat. The main source of income is potato and oranges.

Problem statement
The people of Labar and Bongman are subsistence farmers who mostly rely on slash and burn agricultural farming practices since time immemorial. On an annual basis, a household slash and burn about 0.40 acres of land for agriculture farming. Such practices are not only unsustainable but also produce of carbon dioxide. The total 343 acres of dry land are on steep slopes about 45 degrees and are prone to top soil erosion and landslides during summer season. Therefore, sustainable and management technologies have never been introduced in these two villages.

1.3 Project Objectives and Expected Results
The overall objective of the project is to improve community - led biodiversity friendly practices and approaches through implementing Soil Land Management. The SLM in the holistic approach includes plantation of napier, vetiver, stone trenching, fodder plants and fruiting tree plantation and improvement of soil fertility through leguminous plants cultivation and making of compost from locally available materials. Beside implementing SLM in prime dry land, project will focus on development of existing fruit orchard through increasing soil fertility and improving workability.

Expected results of the project will be to:
• Implement soil and Land Management in 80 acres
• The Knowledge and skill will be gained upon SLM to 48 households through training and experience sharing from field visit
• The sufficient fodder for domestic cattle for 48 households
• Reduce the shifting cultivation practices to 10 households
• Increase soil fertility activities by 48 households
• Improve workability, soil fertility and develop new of fruit orchard
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Project Snapshot

Shingming Thenkhe
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 24,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 878.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,973.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution

Grantee Contact

Mr Lekzang Dorji
Phone: +975 17819250


Labar, Khar
Pema Gatshel , Pema Gatshel , 44001

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
009752322424 (ext:330)


UN House, Peling Lam (Street), Kawajangsa, Thimphu, P.O. Box No. 162
Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001