Promoting agribusiness for agriculture sector transformation in Bhutan

HE Lyonpo Opening Remarks to participants

19 February Thimphu: In the effort to shift the overall agriculture development from subsistence to growth oriented farming, the government is taking the views and suggestions from all walks of lives to design suitable strategies.

Towards this, a one day stakeholders workshop with the theme “ Promoting Agribusiness for Agriculture Sector Transformation in Bhutan” was conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests in Thimphu. More than hundred participants participated in the workshop. The participants ranged from Agri entrepreneurs, youths, private sector, financial institutions and policy makers.

The forum was graced by Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. In his words, the Minister stressed to think about innovation to get out of subsistence farming and to make farming easy thereby urging partnership from different stakeholders. He also informed the participants that the government is positive on the change to transform the way we do business to meet the aspiration and objectives.

The main objective of conducting this forum is to create a national platform that will seek to build partnerships among agribusiness entrepreneurs focusing mostly with youths and key agriculture sector related institutions to engage in meaningful dialogues, find innovative solutions, and deliver sustainable results to address contemporary economic challenges with the overarching objective of promoting agribusiness in the country, thus “Narrowing the Gap”.

The workshop agreed that Agriculture need to change through;

  • Fostering partnership for Agribusiness
  • Exploring technologies and innovations
  • Enhancing Market Access ecosystem
  • Improving Access to Finance and Mitigating Risks
  • Reducing bureaucratic huddles

The participants were highlighted on the new concept of Agriculture development – Agriculture Economic Zone (AEZ)  and how it could make farming easy and profitable.

The workshop was funded by RDCCRP – EU Project with the ministry.

-Submitted by RNR-EDCU, PPD with photos by Choidup Zangpo, ICTD

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