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

MoE Prepared to Take Over School Feeding Programme in Bhutan

“WFP is phasing out its support to school feeding programme, but WFP would continue to be in Bhutan to help in terms of...

Feb 23, 2018 10:45

Bhutan Collars Tendrel Zangmo the Tiger

Tendrel Zangmo (meaning auspicious omen) sends her location every hour through the Global Positioning System (GPS)...

Feb 17, 2018 07:08

Latest

News

Bhutan Ranks 60th Worldwide in Neonatal Mortality Rate

As a way forward it is has been found that Places, People, Products and Power to provide universal health coverage are required and...

Feb 22, 2018 12:32

REDD+ Project - US$ 4.8m Grant from World Bank

The World Bank granted USD 4.8 million to support the country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the strengthening of...

Feb 13, 2018 07:18

Features

MoE Prepared to Take Over School Feeding Programme in Bhutan

“WFP is phasing out its support to school feeding programme, but WFP would continue to be in Bhutan to help in terms of technical support,”...

Feb 23, 2018 10:45

Bhutan Collars Tendrel Zangmo the Tiger

Tendrel Zangmo (meaning auspicious omen) sends her location every hour through the Global Positioning System (GPS) collar.

Feb 17, 2018 07:08

Sports

BOC Registers Three New Sports Organisations

The Gasa Sports Association, Bhutan Aquatic Federation and the Bhutan Paralympic Committee are now members of the Bhutan Olympic Committee...

Feb 21, 2018 15:18

Civilian Boxers Enter Boxing Championship

The championship was organised by the BBF and the Bhutan Olympic Committee to promote and select potential boxers. More than 100 boxers from...

Feb 15, 2018 07:16

Business

Chharo App to Facilitate Cashless Transactions

Chharo is the first e-wallet to be introduced in the country. It is an e-wallet application available for free download on both the Android...

Feb 19, 2018 14:45

Youth Farming Cooperative in Chhukha

The cooperative invested in farming cardamom and off-season vegetables cultivation to meet the demands in the urban areas. It was also...

Feb 10, 2018 17:21

Travel

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong - Rising From the Ashes

It has been around four years since the reconstruction works of the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong began after the fortress was completely razed in...

Feb 11, 2018 07:36

Gola Bazaar – An Urban Town in The Making

“Once completed, the town will serve the people with new and well facilitated structures,” he said, adding that people do not have to travel...

Feb 01, 2018 06:37

Lifestyle

Pointillism - Bhutanese Style

“Pointillism is comparatively new in Bhutan,” he said, adding that he wanted to give a new dimension to art in the country.

Feb 20, 2018 17:44

For Bhutanese - What Does the Male Earth Dog Year Has in Store?

The Male Earth Dog Year is associated with the number nine, which is red and is associated with the fire element. The number, as the highest...

Feb 18, 2018 08:10

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!