The pandemic is causing Bhutanese citrus growers many problems, some are struggling to find buyers. In preparation for orange export, the district agriculture sector was tasked to work on the expected production of oranges this year. District agriculture officials said that a report would be submitted to the Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) soon.
Seven sub-districts submitted an expected production of more than 440 tonnes so far. Meanwhile, the stakeholders meeting coordinated by DAMC to strategize on orange exports amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They have come up with three strategies.
The DAMC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Younten Ja tonnessho said that given the difficulty for Bangladeshi importers to visit the country in light of the pandemic, it was decided that they need not come here to regulate the quality of oranges like in the past.
“Instead, the relevant stakeholders involving DAMC, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) and exporters would regulate and ensure that only good oranges are exported,” he said. He added that they would also meet with registered exporters from different regions and ask them to inform their counterparts in Bangladesh about this change.
Younten Ja tonnessho said that the government could also consider opening numerous trade routes including Lhamoizingkha, and Sibsoo to facilitate transportation of orange during the export season.