Thursday, 1 October, 2009
Haa Dzongkhag(District) Administration
It has cold and dry winters and wet and warm summers. In winters, the temperature drops down to minus seven degree Celsius at the extreme minimum. The Dzongkhag receives snow fall several times in a year from late October till April.
The Dzongkhag is administratively divided into six Gewogs namely, Bji, Eusu, Katsho, Samar, Sombaykha and Gakiling.
The Dzongkhag is characterized by a rugged and mountainous terrain, and communities are located in remote settlements. The current total geographical area of the Dzongkhag is 1899.02 Sq. km. with a population of little over 13,401. The vegetation ranges from broad leafed forest in the southern Gewogs to coniferous and sub alpine in the central, and pure alpine vegetation in the high lands of the northern Gewogs. The Dzongkhag is endowed with very rich flora and fauna and about 60% of the Dzongkhag is under forest cover.
Recently, the Drungkhag was established at Sombaykha and is expected to address most of the constraint faced by the people of two gewogs of Somabakha and Gakiling.
Livestock rearing constitute an important economic activity in the Dzongkhag, with a majority of the northern Gewogs depending on livestock products such as butter, cheese and yak meat for their livelihood.
Wheat is the main cereal crop grown in the Dzongkhag. Other crop varieties include barley and buckwheat. Potato constitutes the principal cash crop for the Dzongkhag while apples and vegetables are also cultivated on a moderate scale.