Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration

The traners with Hon'ble Secretary and Hon'ble Minister of MoAF and ED of BAFRA
The Trainers (extreme left and right) with Hon’ble Secretary and Hon’ble Minister of MoAF and ED of BAFRA

16 -18 June, Thimphu. A three days training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration was conducted with an aim to identify trade facilitation measures and building capacities of government and private sector stakeholders to promote intra-regional learning of such measures in the Asia–Pacific region. The training was organised by the Trade and Investment Division (TID) at UN- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and theBhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA).

The training was a capacity building activity of Trade facilitation portion of SATNET Asia Project which is a network of Knowledge transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia, initiated by Mr. Khan Salehin of ESCAP. Compared to paper based traceability, Electronic Traceability has automated features, saves time, easily recordable and accessible. Therefore Electronic Traceability for agricultural products can track the movement of food items through specific stages of production, and processing and distribution to enable the marketing to other countries. Although the country is a small producer of agricultural products, use of ETS can help integrate the small farmers into chains of agricultural supply.

The Sanam Lyonpo, His Excellency Yeshey Dorji, graced the closing ceremony and commended the forward-looking initiative. He further implored the organizing team and the participants from private and public stakeholders to take the training as a base to move ahead for creating transparency and confidence in good management practices in the production, processing and marketing chain of agriculture produce.

– Reported by Tashi Yangzom, ICS

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