November 28, Haa: The Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji inaugurated a farm shop at Uesu geog. The shop is the first of its kind in western region and is a joint venture between the Ministry and Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB).
Dignitaries present during the occasion were Dr. Johann Hesse, EU Head of Corporation from New Delhi, Dasho Dzongdags, senior officials from the Ministry and FCB along with farmers.
In addition, a milk processing unit (MPU) was inaugurated to enhance milk production and establish a proper marketing channel for the fresh milk. The fresh milk will be sold to the customers through Business Cooperative’s farm outlets in Haa.
During the ceremony Lyonpo stated that about 70% of our population is dependent on agriculture, livestock and forest for their main source of livelihood. Considering its importance, the Ministry has been making intensive efforts to support them in all the development plans. One of the noble approaches that the Ministry has come up is “Farm Shop/Sanam Tshongkhang” in a geog as a semi business venture for greater social cause, which will be operated by FCB. It will be a buy back guarantee under which farmers are given guaranteed market outlet for their local RNR produce, farm inputs and farm machinery hiring services and basic household items.
Farm Shops are aimed to transform our farming from subsistence to commercial through increased production with guaranteed markets, better provision of the necessary farm inputs and other basic household items at a fair price.
With the one in Uesu, the country has now 33 farm shops dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The 4th Druk Gyalpo.
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