Zhemgang

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Introduction

The Zhemgang Dzongkhag is comprised of eight gewogs: Bardo, Bjoka, Goshing, Nangkor, Ngangla, Phangkhar, Shingkhar, and Trong. In total, the population of the province as of 2014 was 20,956; this is according to the most recent data provided by the Government of the Zhemgang Province.

Demographics

Ording to the Dzongkhag Population Projections 2006-2015, the male to female ratio of Zhemgang was barely in favor of men, with 10,579 males to 10,554 females.

Although there isn’t a breakdown of the particular religions and faiths that comprise Zhemgang Province, it is known that there are 306 chortens (or shrines) in the province. Chortens are Lamaist shrines, which indicates that Buddhism is practiced within Zhemgang.

Economy

 Just as a general fact about the population of Zhemgang, the poverty rate sits at 26.3% according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis, 2012.

As like much of the rest of Bhutan, a large portion of the Zhemgang economy revolves around agriculture and livestock. In particular, the crops of paddy, maize, wheat, barley, buckwheat, and millet are particularly important. In regards to the livestock, cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and goats are raised and sold/consumed by the people. With these animals (along with others), products such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs, fish, beef, and pork are sold to create a cash income for themselves.

Politics

Out of the 20,956 individuals that populate Zhemgang, 16,113 of them are eligible voters as of July 13th, 2013. The rest of that population can then be assumed to be those under the voting age, those who haven’t registered to vote, or those who had lost that right under Bhutanese laws.

Suggested Readings

Zhemgang at a Glance, 2014.

http://www.zhemgang.gov.bt/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Zhemgang-at-a-Glance-2014.pdf