Sonam Tshering, 29, is part of the new generation of educated youths who are taking up farming as a career. Sonam and his friends started the Rural-Youth in Contract Farming, in 2018 to take up large scale farming in Silambi, Mongar. At present, he works with more than 50 contract farmers and had been growing only cereal crops. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck Bhutan and vegetable prices skyrocketed due to supply shortages, Sonam realized that he and his friends needed to do their part to help the nation and decided to supply vegetables as well. With funding support from the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, Sonam will set up green houses to grow vegetables with which he can then create a steady supply of vegetables throughout the year.
This project is funded through the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, with the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development in partnership with the Bhutan Foundation.