Bhutan participates in fifth Agro-Protech

Hon'ble Lyonpo and the delegates team visiting the expo
Hon’ble Lyonpo and the delegates team visiting the expo

November 19 -21, Kolkata: The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji accompanied by sector heads from the Ministry attended the three day, Fifth Agro-Protech aimed towards productive, competitive, diversified and sustainable second green revolution at the Milan Mela Grounds and ITC Sonar in Kolkata, India.

The Agro Protech was a fair for agriculture and horticulture covering all other areas of agriculture. It was an ideal exposition where visitors gained lots of knowledge about the foremost developments and progress of agro processing and food industry.

The event provided an important marketing event for modern technologies, the agricultural industry and offered a comprehensive range of agricultural machinery and the latest scientific and technical development for professional farmers and professionals from the horticulture. It acted as an ideal platform to make new contacts in the industry.

During the event, Bhutan was provided with two stalls at the International Pavilion. Mr. Leela Dhar Pokhrel, General Manager, Bhutan Agro-industries Limited and Mr. Thinley Wangdi, Chairman, Khengrig Namsum Cooperatives showcased the Bhutanese indigenous products which attracted a good number of visitors.

The Horticulture Chief recieving the token of appreciation on behalf of Bhutan
The Horticulture Chief recieving the token of appreciation on behalf of Bhutan

The summit and exposition was attended by international experts, academicians, policy-makers, corporate houses, agri-scientists, bankers and members from the agriculture communities from UKTI, South Africa, Israel, Bangladesh, Netherlands and Bhutan showcasing the numerous stands of the latest developments, products, services and technologies. It was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, one of the most proactive organisations of industry at the national and the regional level.

In addition to the event, Lyonpo with the team visited a Buffalo farm near Kalayani which houses around 4000 buffaloes. They observed the farm management practices there and expressed the Ministry’s interest to source in buffalos. The team also visited a fishery farm with 300 acres of land under fish pond. The farmers there raise carp species and Tilapa for commercial stock. Lyonpo and team also made a visit to the Royal Bhutan Consulate and met with Dasho Karma Tshering Namgyal.

Reported by Tashi Yangzom, ICS

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