May 19, Haa: The Matsutake mushroom collectors from Eusu, Bji and Katsho geogs and officials from the Matsutake exporting firms (Tashi Commercial Corporation and Ugyen Exporters), National Mushroom Centre (NMC) and Dzongkhag agriculture officials met in a meeting organised by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC).
The meeting was organised considering the potential of mushroom collection in Haa but due to lack of market, the mushroom collectors have not shown keen interest in this venture till date.
The meeting created awareness to the mushroom collectors on the presence of market and deciding modus operandi for the coming season.
The Program Director for NMC, Mr. Dawa Penjor highlighted the importance of management plan once the venture takes up on a commercial scale. The discussions also centered on the need to form farmer’s group/cooperatives and agreement signing on Matsutake marketing accordingly. The DAMC officials shared the role, farm shops can play in this venture as a collection point, equipment hiring facilities and a market outlet.
The work plan for the next three months was drawn after deliberate discussions. Through such initiatives, the DAMC aims to increase export and enhance farmers’ income.
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