Workshop on ‘Economic Prospects of Ladakh’ organised

JIGMET JANSPAL KHUNGRU
LEH, SEP 13: To promote Argo-economy, Thangjuk Domkhar and Central Arid Zone Research Institute organised a workshop on the theme ‘Economic Prospects of Ladakh’ at Domkhar Rock-art Heritage Garden here. Executive Councillor for Agriculture, Tsering Wangdus was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
While addressing the gathering, District Horticulture Officer Tsewang Phuntsog said, “Our farming sector needs modern technology and equipments for proper development of local farmers. We have prepared a model of food processing unit in Khaltse valley to promote the food processing through which interested persons can develop an idea from it to set up their own unit and generate employment for others.”Agriculture Officer Thinless said, local farmers can earn good income from some of varieties in Agriculture field. “We can earn a lot by selling local Rajma Dal which costs Rs 100-170 in market and also from tomato through making puree,” he said, adding people need to use ancient and traditional foods which is organic in nature.
He also talked about Eco-Tourism by using organic food which will generate income for local farmer.
While appreciating the task of “Thangjuk”, Dr Stomzat, senior scientist DIHAR said, Thangjuk can be a role model for other farmers who are interested for using modern seeds and technology in the farming sector. There are some kind of items which are found only in Ladakh like Laktse Karpo (Local Apricot), he said adding local farmer can earn Rs 1000 for 1kg instead of Rs 300 by selling it to tourists. Dr Namgyal, Programme Coordinator KVK informed that most of the local farmers have to face difficulties in the field of dying Apricot. Microwave dying can be used for dying Apricots to generate good income. Dr Tashi Dawa who has been conducting research on Rock Art from last 20 years, threw light on the survey of Rock Art in Ladakh. There are more than 200 Rock Art in whole Ladakh but “Thangjuk” play a crucial role in promoting the Rock Art in the region, he said, adding people have to realize the preservation of historic Rock Art which is of minimum 2000 years old and it can attract more tourists which will benefit locals economically.
Domkhar Dho Kunfan-Tsogs-Pa, president, Tsering Nurboo also spoke on the occasion. Executive Councillor for Agriculture Tsering Wangdus said, the Council has been giving its first priority to Agriculture sector because 70 percent of local people are dependent on Agriculture Sector. It is not possible for all to get government jobs. There were 4500 participants enrolled for the 33 post of teachers in a recent interview which was held in Leh. Highly qualified youth can also earn good income from farming sector, Wangdus said. Sharing his experience with Greater Jammu, Sonam Stanzin Thangjuk informed that from last eight years, several workshops were organised to promote fresh fruit plantation throughout Ladakh by nursery fruit production activities. He hoped that it will lead to the promotion of sustainable farming and fruit based agricultural activities. With the help of DIHAR technology it is possible to plant some items according to the season. Sanjeev Chauhan from CAZRI delivered vote of thanks. District Officers, Councillor, experts in farming sector and various dignitaries were also present on the occasion.