This is a success story of Khenrig Namsum Cooperative (KNC), a farm cooperative led by farmers and youth in Brumbri village of Trong Gewog, Zhemgang.
The group through a Royal Government project supported by GEF Small Grants Programme rehabilitated agricultural land left fallow for 30 long years due to acute water shortage.
In 2016, they cleared close to 80 acres of overgrown land and planted watermelons and bananas.
"Initially, we were apprehensive about watermelon cultivation because it was something new and were not sure how it would fare," said a farmer from Brumbri.
It wasn't long before he put his fears to rest once and for all. Watermelon grew in abundance. The group harvested 24 tons of watermelons in 2018.
Besides Brumbri, the project rehabilitated fallow land in other parts of Trong and Ngangla Gewogs. Altogether, close to 500 acres of fallow land were rehabilitated in the two gewogs.