Representatives from stakeholders relevant to the agricultural sector have taken a look at Bhutan’s future in agriculture. Themed “Strengthening Bhutanese Food System for Gross National Happiness”, the Bhutan’s food systems and the Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) Strategy 2040 were discussed, in order to gather the recommendations and ideas from different sectors.
MoAF’s chief planning officer, Karma Tshering, said that collaboration from all sectors was critically important for sustainable food system in the country. The UN FSS aims to establish the future direction and launch bold actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Karma Tshering said the concerns raised during the dialogues were on fallow land because of rural-urban migration, water and irrigation, and marketing agricultural produce.
Karma Tshering added that one of the ways to address food import is for the government to support the private sector with subsidies and enable them to reduce imports. Another way, he said, is to create an enabling environment such as tax subsidies, financial incentives and upscaling provisions for loans from existing banking sectors.