YK Poudel 

The local RNR products sales outlet located at Kaja Throm, Thimphu has helped ease the marketing challenges of farmers from Dagana.

It is an extension of the Farmer’s Sales Outlet at Dagapela which Daga Sanam Thuenkey Detshen (DSTD) operates. The DSTD supplies the products in Thimphu besides other suppliers.

A couple from Salamji, Tsangkha operates the sales outlet at the Kaja Throm after its inauguration on January 28.

The Outlet Operator, Bishnu Maya Subba said that she used to buy farm products from Dagana and sell them in Wangdue. “Now, Dagana agriculture sector has provided us with this opportunity to sell at the outlet. I am hopeful that this outlet will help us sell our organic products in Thimphu.”

Her husband, Krishna Bahadur Subba said that they are working to ease the marketing challenges for farmers in Dagana.

“Selling vegetables in Dagana was difficult for our farmers. Now that we have an outlet, we can collect the vegetables from all the 14 gewogs of Dagana and encourage our farmers,” he said.

A supplier from Tanabji, Penba, said that this will ease the marketing challenges for the farmers in Dagana. “Farmers in Dagana are hopeful that the sales outlet opened earlier this week will guarantee a steady market for their goods.”

Assistant Dzongkhag Agriculture Officer Dagana, Kinley Namgay said that the outlet in Dagapela is centrally located and could reach out to several gewogs from which farm produce could be supplied to Thimphu. “We expect farmers from all 14 gewogs under Dagana to avail of this service.”

Farmers in Bhutan, Kinley Namgay said, struggle with the absence of a suitable market. With a farmers’ sales outlet in Dagapela opened last year, things have improved for the farmers in Dagana and we expect it to be better with the outlet extension in Thimphu.

The outlet will receive fresh products from the communities every weekend and they would be sold at the market price in Thimphu. Over 30 products, mostly vegetables, are sold at the outlet.

The Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives assisted in building market linkage and exemption of the stall fee of Nu 6,000 for two stalls, for three months.