On September 8, just days after easing the nationwide lockdown, Thimphu received its first load of onion and tomatoes. The Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC) distributed 8 tons of onions and 1.7 tons of tomatoes to wholesale vendors in the capital.
Twelve wholesale vendors at the Centenary Farmers’ Market bought the products who will then distribute it to retailers across various zones. About 20 tons of onions and 3 tons of tomatoes were expected to reach Thimphu yesterday.
The government has suspended the import of vegetables since the nationwide lockdown, therefore shortage of onion and tomatoes in the market across the country. Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) imported the products from Samtse and Gelephu, since Phuentsholing is in the red zone.
Chief Marketing Officer with DAMC, Yonten Jamtsho, said that the ministry was working on measures to import the products from Phuentsholing to reduce cost. “The ministry is not in position to determine and prescribe prices but it should be within the market price.”