kuenlek Tshomo Tshering | Intern 

The 3rd Made in Bhutan exhibition at Clock Tower in Thimphu yesterday showcased eight new products from various companies. The products ranged from wood-based items to honey products, detergent powders, vermicompost, sling bags, herbal teas, and contemporary Bhutanese designs.

More than 30 stalls from 35 companies took part in the exhibition that aims to promote Bhutanese products with high potential for export, substitute import, and generate gainful employment.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was the Watermelon Festival. 

Khenrig Namsung Cooperative from Zhemgang brought watermelons to sell at the exhibition. Thinley Wangdi, one of the members, said that this was their second time participating in the event. Last year, the cooperative sold watermelons at the CSI Watermelon Festival. During the one-day event, the cooperative made Nu 280,000 from the sale of watermelons. 

The cooperative anticipates more profit this year.

The exhibition aims to strengthen supply networks by connecting producers with suppliers and dealers through business to business (B2B) networking sessions.

Peldon introduced her brand, Peldona Artistry, at the exhibition. She said that her journey began during the pandemic when she started creating masks. Over time, this evolved into the development of her brand, which now specialises in designing local bags and purses.

As a designer, Peldon places a strong emphasis on sustainability. She focuses on minimising waste by repurposing leftover fabrics and salvaged materials in her creations.

Bidyash Chhetri, the owner of Gurjo herbal tea, displayed a range of herbal teas, including moringa tea, guava tea, avocado tea, morgina with turmeric tea, and butterfly pea tea.

He claims to be the first to launch butterfly pea tea in the country. 

Sam, the marketing manager of Dragon Household Cleaning Products, said that despite facing intense competition from Indian imports, the company successfully introduced its own range of detergent products, including powder, phenol, and toilet cleaner.

The products are increasingly gaining acceptance among Bhutanese.

The event is organised by the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in collaboration with the Department of Employment and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment will conclude tomorrow.