August 1-4, Thimphu: More than 25 people including women representing progressive co-operatives, BAOWE, Tarayana Foundation, Youth Development Fund and field officers from the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) are attending a training on Management Capacity of Women for Co-Operative Development at Jambayang Resort. Resource persons are experts from the International Co-operative Alliance-Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) Secretariat, a well-known co-operative in Sri Lanka.
While the training subject is building capacity of the co-operative as a whole, it is designed in a way to give greater stress on women members considering that approximately 46% of the members of farmer groups and co-operatives in Bhutan are women but only around 20 % of them are in leadership. The training is being organised by DAMC with fund support from ICA-AP.
“Despite the fact that agriculture is an important economic sector we face innumerable challenges and therefore, working together in groups and cooperatives to gain the benefits of economy of scale makes a lot of sense”, said Dasho Rinzin Dorji, the Agriculture Secretary at the training inaugural session.
The Regional Director of ICA-AP, Mr. BaluIyer, in his address highlighted growing importance of co-operative movement and the vital role of co-operatives in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also acknowledged the role played by the Ministry in improving the growth of co-operative movement in Bhutan.
Bhutan has 55 co-operatives and some 300 plus farmers groups operating in various sectors but most notably in the agriculture and livestock sectors. In the recent years, several youth co-operatives undertaking various business ventures have sprung up in Bhutan. Savings and credit is another new sector, where a lot of interest is being generated.
Submitted by DAMC
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