FEASIBILITY STUDY OF COMMERCIAL FARMING IN DEWATHANG
Keywords:feasibility, commercial farming, Dewathang
The aim of the study was to determine the feasibility of commercial farming in Dewathang with the objectives to examine and analyze the market availability for agriculture products specially fruits and vegetables in Dewathang, to examine the support rendered by agriculture sectors for farming initiatives, to identify the challenges faced by the farmers of Dewathang and examine the feasibility of commercial farming. The study was conducted in Dewathang area by means of a structured questionnaire survey for each respondent type (farmers, shopkeepers, consumers and a program Director of Samdrup Jongkhar initiative). A sample of 51 respondents was drawn from the research area. The approach used in this research paper is Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and data were collected through questionnaires and interviews, it analyses the data collected by Microsoft Excel. The results from the study highlights that the farmers of Dewathang have enough market availability and consumers, renders support by dzongkhag and agriculture sector but owing to the challenges faced by the entrepreneur farming their commercial farming is severely limited. However, seeing that the challenges faced are manageable and have solution, this study shows that there is feasibility for commercial farming in Dewathang. The government has a crucial role to play and has been supporting farmers, but the study recommends that the government provides planned workshops to all the farmers in order to equip them with marketing knowledge, improve their production and gain skills and knowledge on farming. In additional, some other initiatives which promotes in rise of entrepreneur farming.
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