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  • Gasa Dzongkhag leading the way in organic crop production

    The first ever registered farmers group Rangshin Sonam Detshen from Khatoed Geog, Gasa was certified as an organic group on 10 October 2016 by the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) in accordance with the Bhutan Organic Certification System (BOCS) Guidelines, 2013. The group owns approximately 25 acres of farm land.

    The 50 member group produced 25MT of organic potatoes under strict supervision of the Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector, National Organic Program and BAFRA. However, delay in obtaining organic certification compelled some members to sell their produce at the farm gate price of Nu. 25 and about 10 MTs were retained as a seed potato.

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  • Bhutan and ICIMOD meets for Country Consultation Meeting

    Discussing the key priorities and opportunities
    Discussing the key priorities and opportunities

    November 20-21, Thimphu: A country consultation meeting was organised between Bhutan and ICIMOD at Hotel Le Meridian. More than thirty participants including the policy makers, experts on sustainable mountain development, civil society organisations and private sectors gathered to discuss priorities required for ICIMOD support in the Mid Term Action Plan IV (MATP IV). It also provided a forum to review and strengthen the existing partnerships and identify potential partners for the future.

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  • Income diversification through pullet production

    untitled-1Pemagatshel: The dairy group of Bartseri has initiated the pullet production to diversify income following the awareness program provided by the Livestock Sector. A cost benefit analysis was done and discussed with members on the profitability of pullet production within a short span of time.

    The day old chicks were procured from the Regional Poultry and Pig Breeding Centre, Lingmethang at Nu.30/chick to be reared by the group for 42 days and will be sold at Nu.180/chick. All the expenses will be met by the group while the technical support will be provided by the Sector along with a market assurance at the end of the pullet production.

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  • Locally grown organic potato available at CFM

    untitled-2Thimphu: A locally grown organic potato from Gasa is now available at a sale counter at the Centenary Farmers Market (CFM) in Thimphu.

    Two farmers from Gasa set off a potato production of about 2000 kilograms (2 MT) totally organic with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to create awareness and encourage people growing and buying organic. This significant program is being initiated on a trial basis to help people understand the importance of organic products and boost farmers’ cash income. Continue reading  Post ID 6668

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