February 15, Thimphu: The Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with assistance from International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) conducted a high level consultative meeting to discuss and finalise the draft Renewable Natural Resources Marketing policy (RNR MP). The event was graced by Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
The Hon’ble Lyonpo in his opening remarks stated ‘the need for RNR Marketing Policy for Bhutan is felt necessary to pave a way for an intelligent and sustainable agriculture or RNR growth.” He added ‘the demand and need for sound marketing policy is evident for our country from the perspective of the majority of our population, over 62% being dependent on it for livelihood and employment.’
Sarpang: Bhutan Cooperative (B-Coop) shop has been established at Gelephu by the Southern Ginger Cultivation and Cottage Industry (SGCCI) group based at Samteling geog on 19 January. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Sarpang Dasho Dzongda.
The shop will strengthen the marketing of local products through cooperative marketing, assist the cooperatives/Farmers Groups to market their products, make local products readily available to the consumers with standard quality, showcase the proper packaging and quality standards and also create a niche market by developing and promoting potential Geographical Indicator (GI) products.
January 14, Gangtey Geog, Wangdue: The 2nd Farm Shop in Wangdue Dzongkhag was inaugurated in Gangtey Geog which will serve as a market outlet for RNR products, provide buyback guarantee and facilitate access to farm inputs and basic food and essential commodities to farming communities. The First Farm shop in Wangdue Dzongkhag was inaugurated by Hon’ble Lyonpo, at Serphu Geog in 2015.