Apart from enabling farm mechanization, sustainable land management practices also help in improving soil fertility as the terraces prevent top soil from being washed away by rain. Land degradation is a huge concern in Bhutan with the country losing more than 3 tonnes of topsoil per hectare annually, causing loss of land productivity.
Through the same project, which is financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and implemented by the Royal Government of Bhutan in partnership UNDP Bhutan, 40 acres of dry land are being converted into viable agricultural land in Kella village of Tangsibji Gewog, Trongsa.
SLM interventions have also been carried out in Nimshong Chiwog of Korphu Gewog and Sinphu village of Nubi Gewog in Trongsa and Saling in Monggar. Karshong village of Nubi Gewog in Trongsa will benefit next from the project.
SLM interventions are also being implemented in other districts that fall within the project landscape and these districts are Haa, Lhuntse, Mongar, Zhemgang and Sarpang.