The consultation meeting with District Agriculture Officers (DAOs) and National Commodity Coordinators (CCs) was convened in Thimphu from 26-30 August 2019. The meeting mainly focused on the Annual Performance Agreements (APA) synchronization of the Gewog/Dzongkhag/Regional plans to collectively achieve the national targets, sensitization and work planning for the National Organic Flagship Programme (NOFP), validation of the RNR Census 2018 Results and the sensitization on the Bhutan School & Hospital Feeding Programme (SHFP).
The participants deliberated on enhancing agricultural production through the implementation of synchronized regional and dzongkhag plans. All the collaborative and dzongkhag work plans were reviewed to align programs and activities with 2019-20 targets. Integrated landscape management and community based organic production, creating access to bio-inputs, organic research & certification system to create access to international markets, promotion of Foreign Direct Investments, Public-Private Partnership, Cottage & Small Industry, agriculture land development and mechanization are some of the priority investment areas identified for the 12 FYP. The NOFP will engage more than 200 youths as entrepreneurs, create 1571 job opportunities and increase the production of the 10 identified commodities viz; ginger, cardamom, turmeric, mushroom, quinoa, and buckwheat for export markets and asparagus, beans, cauliflower and chilli for domestic markets. The NOFP will be implemented in a mission mode program through cluster or focused village approach under the Department of Agriculture with an approved budget of Nu. 1 billion. The DAOs and National Commodity Coordinators discussed and prepared 2019-20 NOFP work plan considering all opportunities and challenges.
In the closing session, the Programme Directors of Regional and Central Programmes joined the meeting to discuss cross-cutting programs and issues. The closing session was graced by His Excellency, the Minister for Agriculture and Forests.
Compiled and submitted by Jigme Tenzin, Agriculture Production Division, DoA.