Denmark to Support Bhutan’s Organic Agriculture

Bhutan officially launched the policy for organic farming in 2007 and proclaimed the intention to become a fully organic country by the year 2020.

Rice Harvest in Bhutan (Source: DrukAsia)

Bhutanese officials said that the country is venturing into commercial organic agriculture in the 12th Plan.

“However, we lack qualified people and need to build capacity, including in research and development,” planning officer with agriculture ministry, Sangay Chophel, said.

At the second high-level biennial consultation between Bhutan and Denmark in Thimphu yesterday, the Danish side agreed to explore ways to provide assistance.

Bhutan will submit a proposal to the Danish government for support in organic agriculture, among others.

Director General of Bilateral Affairs, Kesang Wangdi, led the Bhutanese delegation comprising officials from the Gross National Happiness Commission, agriculture ministry, Centre of Bhutan Studies and GNH Research and the foreign ministry.

Denmark’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Peter Taksoe-Jensen, was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Mission at Royal Danish Embassy, Mette Ekeroth.

Why Bhutan should adopt organic agriculture?

Good alignment of the principles of organic agriculture with the country’s development philosophy, strong policy and political support, pristine environment and the organic agricultural practices being similar to traditional farming were identified as some of the advantages for Bhutan to opt for organic agriculture.

Bhutan officially launched the policy for organic farming in 2007 and proclaimed the intention to become a fully organic country by the year 2020.

Organic agriculture could help boost food security besides helping the country meet other SDG goals like Good Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action and Partnership for the Goals.

How can Denmark contribute to Bhutan?

Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen said that his country has the expertise. “We also have a long tradition of agriculture in our country,” he said.

Denmark is one of the largest growers of organic farm produce. Only one farmers’ group with 50 members from Gasa is certified as organic in the country today.

Kesang Wangdi said that the Bhutanese delegation has formulated potential project proposals in the areas of digitisation, cultural exchanges and climate change.

The biennial consultations have, over the years, provided a useful mechanism for the exchange of views on issues of mutual interest and in promoting better understanding and partnership.

At the core of development partnership between Bhutan and Denmark has been the shared principle of promoting people’s welfare and to contribute towards international understanding and cooperation.

Danish developmental assistance phased out of Bhutan in 2015. Kesang Wangdi said that Denmark’s financial and technical support has been vital in the realisation of Bhutan’s developmental goals and peaceful transition to democracy.

“The innovative approaches that the Danish government took from project to sector or programme support to budgetary support, showed Denmark’s confidence in Bhutan.”

Even as formal development cooperation ended, a new partnership defined by political, cultural and economic relations, has already begun with the signing of the framework for continued Bhutanese-Danish Partnership signed in 2012.

This framework provides for cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, including global security, democracy, good governance, human rights, culture, environment and climate change, he said.

“We will continue to rely on our good and trusted friends like Denmark in fulfilling our aspirations of achieving economic self-reliance and in nurturing the strong foundations of democracy,” Kesang Wangdi said.

The next biennial consultation will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2019.

 

By Tshering Palden (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 


Related Posts

Organic Vegetables on Platter for Students

Come 2018 and students of Daga Central School in Dagana will get to consume various organic vegetables that are grown in...

Oct 20, 2017 11:23

Gasa lives the organic dream

Organic dream to be lived in!

Jul 29, 2017 16:54

The long road to food self sufficiency

Although Bhutan has 70.46 percent forest coverage, arable land, is only 2.93 percent.

Jul 31, 2017 15:58

World Bank project to improve agriculture productivity and food...

The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) and the World Bank this week launched the USD 8 million Food Security and...

Sep 29, 2017 11:49

Govt Grants Subsidy To Private Bhutanese Newspapers

The Cabinet has approved to support 50 per cent of the printing cost to a maximum of 1,000 copies a month for a period...

Apr 17, 2018 10:42

Bhutan Participates In The Global Money Week 2018

The theme of the Global Money Week 2018 is “money matters matter”, which aims to inculcate the importance making smart...

Apr 15, 2018 16:15

Latest

News

Japanese Language and Judo Centres to be Established in Bhutan

At the meeting with Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay in Tokyo, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe said that Japan would support the...

Apr 19, 2018 00:21

220 Youth to be Employed by the National Housing Development Corporation

The NHDCL has already announced 220 vacancies in different occupations through the ministry’s direct employment scheme (DES) available in...

Apr 13, 2018 21:50

Features

Govt Grants Subsidy To Private Bhutanese Newspapers

The Cabinet has approved to support 50 per cent of the printing cost to a maximum of 1,000 copies a month for a period of two years.

Apr 17, 2018 10:42

Bhutan Participates In The Global Money Week 2018

The theme of the Global Money Week 2018 is “money matters matter”, which aims to inculcate the importance making smart financial decisions...

Apr 15, 2018 16:15

Sports

Bhutan’s Pelden Dorji Wins the First Asian Enduro Series in Nepal

Bhutan’s Pelden Dorji, 35 won gold in the masters A-category title at the recent Asian Enduro series held in the Nagarkot hills of...

Apr 18, 2018 06:13

Paro College To Start Physical Education And Sports Coaching Degree

The degree programme is likely to start only by 2022.

Apr 14, 2018 13:38

Business

First Bhutanese Instant Noodles Hit Market

KP Noodles, manufactured by KP Foods in Chengmari, Samtse, has come up with noodles of three flavours – Hot Garlic Chicken, Spicy Chicken...

Apr 20, 2018 04:34

Demand for Bhutanese Honey Encourages Farmers To Take Up Bee-keeping

Bhutan’s organic honey is highly sought after for its fine quality.

Apr 16, 2018 00:31

Travel

Guidelines To Manage Bhutanese Heritage Sites

The guideline will identify the roles and responsibilities of cultural heritage professionals during response and recovery events as well as...

Apr 10, 2018 16:53

19 Tour Operators Apply for SDF Refund

Tour operators who have already taken groups in the six eastern dzongkhags after the SDF wavier came into effect from November 16 last year...

Mar 24, 2018 22:35

Lifestyle

Dhaari Nhaaba – A Movie Not to Be Missed

The veteran director, Kesang P. Jigme has used all the magic tricks in his bag again to weave a compelling narrative.

Apr 21, 2018 21:14

Mama's Dream - Bhutanese Clothing Line For Children

Mama’s Dream also manufactures its entire clothing items in Bhutan, hence it helps to create various employment opportunities.

Apr 16, 2018 21:50

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!