The Hon’ble Speaker of National Assembly of Bhutan visited the office of Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) in Phuentsholing and called a meeting in the afternoon of 17th September. During the meeting, the Hon’ble Speaker discussed on a wide range of topics from auctioning process to national food security reserve to school feeding programme to farm shop operation. During the meeting, the management of FCBL shared their challenges, plans and priorities to further strengthen their services.
Hon’ble Speaker shared his observations on some of the farm shops in his constituency (Wangdue district), cautioned on the financial viability of farm shop operations. He also advised FCBL to work harder with creative and innovative ways to bring about revolutionary changes while rendering indispensible services to the Bhutanese farmers and the people of Bhutan.
Followed by Honb’e Speaker’s visit to FCBL, Members from the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) from the National Council of Bhutan accompanied by Dasho Dungpa of Phuentsholing Dungkhag and other officials visited FCBL in the morning of 19th September to discuss on the Buy-back scheme.
FCBL shared their practical experiences, challenges confronted by FCBL officials while executing the programme and their plans. FCBL pointed out the lack of production capacity, inconsistent supply and poor coordination amongst the relevant agencies as some of the major bottlenecks.
Both Dasho Dungpa of Phuntsholing Dungkhag and FCBL strongly recommended to continue with the Buy-back scheme to help farmers and rural economy but recommended the committee to encourage farmers for market driven cash crops at a commercial scale. FCBL also pointed out that Bhutan must now venture into value addition processes and explore market that’s reliable, sustainable and competitive. As part of their way forward, FCBL also shared their investment proposals to establish grading machines and online auctioning at sources.
Following a comprehensive discussion on the Buy-back scheme, the member of NREC visited FCBL auction yard and interacted with farmers, traders and the staff of auction yard.