Human Wildlife conflict is one of the major challenges faced by our farmers all over the country. Similarly the Passaphu and Tshogoenpa villages under Thrimshing and Wamrong Dungkhag respectively have lost large portion of their crops to wild animals every year. Both the villages are isolated from the other villages and surrounded by thick forest, therefore, guarding their crops from different wild animals remained a challenge. Farmers till date used age old practices of moving around the field and shouting to guard their corps both during day and at night. These tedious methods did not prove to be so effective.
Image 1 : Electric Fencing in Passaphu village
In an effort to address this issue, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) supported the installation of electric fencing in Passaphu and Tshogoenpa through its Sustainable Agriculture Program under Conservation and sustainable livelihood Program. The electric fencing works was implemented successfully in collaboration with the Local Government authority on a cost sharing modality with RSPN providing financial support to procure materials and other necessary equipment while villagers contributed labor. Through this initiative, the farmers were also trained on operation and maintenance of the fence.
The electric fencing covers 2.35 kilometers of farm land in Passaphu and 3.5 kilometers of farm land in Tshogoenpa benefiting 25 households. The Tshogpas of both the villages shared that the electric fence is a boon to the villagers who no longer need to spend sleepless night guarding their crops and reap the benefits from increased yields.
Reported by: Dhendup Wangchuk
Image 2: Monitoring the voltage of current.
Image 3 – 4: Electric Fencing at Tshogoenpa.
Image 5: Gewog Agriculture Extension Officer briefing the concerned farmers regarding the meter functionalities.
Image 6: Meter and the energizer for the electric fencing.