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  • Agriculture Secretary visits youth group, Nazhoen Sonam Detshen in Radhi

    A youth group of three school dropout boys have ventured into commercial vegetable cultivation in Panglemzor village under Radhi gewog in Trashigang.

    The group has taken four acres of fallow land on lease to do commercial cultivation of chillies and tomatoes. The Dzongkhag Agriculture Sector has supported the group with four sets of greenhouses and irrigation equipment on a cost sharing basis through ECP program. The group will soon receive CSI loan of Nu.300,000 to install chain linked fences around their farm.

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  • Agriculture Secretary visits east to monitor ECP programs

    A team from MoAF led by Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary visited Chuwdawong commercial vegetable farm in Trashigang. A group of 27 HHs from Pakling Chewog under Radhi gewog reverted 35 acres of dry land left fallow for several years. The group is supported with land development, pump irrigation system, greenhouses, electric fence, and seeds through ECP and CARLEP project. The group is focusing on commercial production of onions, chilies and tomatoes.

    Over a period of less than a year, the group has generated Nu. 250,000 from the farm. The team is in the east monitoring ECP program and activities. Besides field visits Hon’ble Secretary met with LG leaders and RNR staff and briefed them on ministry’s priority program and activities to be implemented in next two years.

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  • MoAF Secretary on tour to monitor the Economic Contingency Plan progress

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) officials led by the Hon’ble Secretary is on a tour to monitor the progress of the Economic Contingency Plan (ECP) of the agriculture and livestock sectors. The first round of Dzongkhag’s visit includes Tsirang, Dagana, Trongsa and Zhemgang from 1-11 December. The visit to other Dzongkhags will commence after 17 December.

    The team visited Tsirang on 1-2 December. The Secretary informed the farmers and villagers that in this pandemic situation, it is important for all of us to work together under the visionary leadership of His Majesty The King towards food self-sufficiency.

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  • Price list notification for onion and tomato


    In keeping with the containment of COVID-19 protocols and for the benefit of the public, the Ministry is facilitating FCBL to import onion and tomato through Samtse and Gelephu. In order to prevent exorbitant rates charged by wholesaler and retailers, it is recommended to apply the rates fixed by the Ministry, which has considered all related costs including operational cost, handling losses and overhead charges.

    The landed costs are subject to change based on the procurement rate and transportation cost. The wholesale and retail price can be accordingly revised by Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers applying the same percent increment formula as in the attached sheet.

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  • Update on import of onions and tomatoes

    In view of the high demand from the general public, the MoAF is facilitating the import of onions and tomatoes through the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL). The FCBL is importing these commodities from South India through Samtse and Gelephu.

    Between 5th and 9th September, FCBL had imported 45.650 metric tons of onions and 18.109 metric tons of tomatoes for distribution to Thimphu, Phuntsholing, Gelephu, Paro and Wangdiphodrang dzongkhag.

    A notification on the price of these commodities will be issued soon.

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