The National Plant Protection Center in collaboration with the Bumthang Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector established a pilot portable electric fence in Tsakorthang, Choekhor Gewog on 17 April 2021. The trial is established with the following objectives:
- To study the feasibility of installing portable electric fence where round the year crop guarding is not required;
- To evaluate the shelf life of poly wires and Mild Steel (MS) flat posts and ring insulators;
- To examine the efficacy of LX-6122 energizer which is smaller in size and cheaper in price than the ones currently used.
The trial site was selected in consultation with the Bumthang Dzongkhag (Agriculture and Livestock Sectors), the National Highland Research and Development Center (NHRDC), the National Research and Development Center for Animal Nutrition (NRCAN), the Phrumsengla National Park and the Wangchuck Centennial National Park. Bye-laws with the beneficiary farmers were developed to ensure accountability in managing and maintaining the electric fence. The Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector agreed that the Choekhor Agriculture Extension Official will monitor the sites on timely basis. The pilot study was funded by the National Organic Flagship Program (NOFP)