18 October, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched the value chain studied books on potato, apple and honey and the Human Resource Information System (HRIS), both funded by EU-TCP.
According to a spokesperson, the value chain study for apple was carried out to improve the quantity and quality of apple production and enhance the apple trade. The study highlights the current issues, challenges, recommendations and suggest ways to capitalise the opportunities.
Apple production in Bhutan is concentrated mostly in western Dzongkhags such as Paro, Thimphu and Haa. Despite being one of the major sources of cash income, apple industry has been facing many challenges due to shrinking land areas for apple, urbanisation, competition and poor quality. As a result, the production and export quantity was seen decreasing from 7,666 MT in 2012 to 6,587 MT in 2016 and 4,314.23 MT in 2013 to 3,789.90 MT in 2016 respectively.
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