18 October, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launched the value chain studied books on potato, apple and honey and the Human Resource Information System (HRIS), both funded by EU-TCP.
According to a spokesperson, the value chain study for apple was carried out to improve the quantity and quality of apple production and enhance the apple trade. The study highlights the current issues, challenges, recommendations and suggest ways to capitalise the opportunities.
Apple production in Bhutan is concentrated mostly in western Dzongkhags such as Paro, Thimphu and Haa. Despite being one of the major sources of cash income, apple industry has been facing many challenges due to shrinking land areas for apple, urbanisation, competition and poor quality. As a result, the production and export quantity was seen decreasing from 7,666 MT in 2012 to 6,587 MT in 2016 and 4,314.23 MT in 2013 to 3,789.90 MT in 2016 respectively.
A honey value chain study was done to enhance production and income for beekeepers and ensure efficiency in value addition activities. The study highlights new opportunities, constraints and recommendations to improve beekeeping in Bhutan.
The study on potato value chain will help to enhance production and income for farmers, reduce losses, ensure efficiency in value addition activities and increase market linkages through identification of new opportunities and addressing the existing constraints.
The Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives carried out the value chain studies in 2018 through a consultancy firm.
With the HRIS in place, the Ministry will now have an accurate HR information of the RNR officials. The system provides a centralised repository of information such as promotion, transfer, leave, secondment, disciplinary, separation and training.
Further, the system will help to generate an accurate reports of RNR employees easily on a real time basis. It will also help to avoid duplication of data and contribute to the government’s policy of going paperless.
The Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji and EU Ambassador, Ugo Astuto launched the books and the system. Also present were the heads and representatives of the departments and agencies of the Ministry.
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