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A Working Committee (WC) of eight members worked on the Land Development Guidelines from 10th to 14th April 2017 in Phuentsholing. The WC members consisted of two Chiefs and an Engineer from the Department of Agriculture, a Planning Officer from the National Land Commission and four officers from the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC).

Land Development groupWith limited land resource, most of which is located on steep slopes and with about 60% of the total population depending on agriculture for their livelihood, the need for land development guidelines was felt imperative in order to develop the land more strategically so that more land is brought under production. The approach adopted while developing the guidelines would address socio-economic and environment related problems and other related issues. Properly developed land could be mechanized where possible to ease farm labour shortage, improve crop productivity and decrease the impacts of land degradation such as surface soil erosion. Therefore, the formulation of land development guidelines has been accorded priority as it is eagerly anticipated that the document will broaden the horizon in the agriculture arena.