Considering the pandemic COVID-19 situation, officials advised the highlanders to strictly follow the procedures, rules and waste management practices. This year, officials will ensure that people carry their own waste back home and maintain cleanliness at the cordyceps collection sites.
Khatoed is the smallest gewog among the four gewogs of Gasa with around 60 households in five chiwogs.
Collection permits in other Dzongkhags such as Wangdue, Bumthang and Trashiyangtse have already been issued. With most of the highland areas for cordyceps collection covered in snow and heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone Amphan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests approved the time extension of two weeks for cordyceps collection at all sites.
Cordyceps collection in Bhutan was legalised in 2004 adopting various measures to ensure its sustainability such as limiting the issuance of permits and collection duration for one month among others.
-ICTD with photo by Gasa Dzongkhag
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