Rome, 22 June – FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva discussed soil and water issues with Dasho Sherab Gyaltshen, the Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan at the 38th Session of FAO Conference.
Expansion of urban areas is rapidly eroding Bhutan’s already limited resources of arable land (7 percent of total geographical area), with fertile valley soils being lost to housing and shopping complexes, the Dasho Secretary said.
He spoke of the collaboration between his country, Thailand and FAO in the Global Soil Initiative and in the International Year of Soils. Regarding water scarcity, the Director-General suggested investigating alternative food crops such as quinoa, a native Andean crop, which requires around 100 times less water than rice. Arrangements will be made for Bhutan to receive some quinoa seeds.
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