Cordy­ceps fetches a record roy­alty this sea­son

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

The high­lander who are col­lect­ing the fun­gus (Cordy­ceps), are pay­ing the roy­alty of Nu. 7,000 per kg but has been re­vised re­cently. The re­vi­sion was based upon the dis­cus­sion held dur­ing the stake­holder’s work­shop on 18th March, 2014; many changes were made in the rules, reg­u­la­tion and guide­lines con­cern­ing cordy­ceps value chain.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cordy­cep Mar­ket­ing Re­port for the year 2014, the roy­alty amount for cordy­cep has been re­vised to Nu. 8400 per kg from Nu. 7000 per kg and it will be in­creased by 20 per­cent ev­ery af­ter two years. The ser­vice charge amount cal­cu­lated based on cordy­cep trans­ac­tion value has been re­tained at 0.65 per­cent as in the pre­vi­ous years. The mode of cordy­cep mar­ket­ing was re­tained as in the pre­vi­ous year, i.e. auc­tion­ing by re­spec­tive gewog ad­min­is­tra­tion.

More­over, upon the sat­is­fac­tion of the fun­gus col­lec­tors with re­lated to the prices of the fun­gus, un­like in the pre­vi­ous year, the re­port states that those col­lec­tor who are not sat­is­fied with the price be­ing of­fered in the auc­tion can with­draw their prod­ucts and then mar­ket in other auc­tion sites or sell to in­di­vid­u­als af­ter the com­ple­tion of auc­tion­ing pe­riod. How­ever, they have to avail the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments from the re­spec­tive gewog and forestry officials. The pro­pos­als on re­duc­ing the col­lec­tion per­mit per house­holds were also made ac­cord­ingly con­sid­er­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices, how­ever af­ter de­lib­er­ate dis­cus­sion; it was re­tained as be­fore which was three col­lec­tion per­mits per house­hold.

The re­ports also states that, the 2014 cordy­cep sea­son saw an in­creased num­ber of traders reg­is­ter­ing to par­tic­i­pate in Cordy­cep auc­tion. A to­tal of 47 traders reg­is­tered with the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing and Co­op­er­a­tives (DAMC) for par­tic­i­pa­tion in cordy­cep auc­tion. This year, the pro­duc­tion quan­tity of cordy­cep sold through auc­tion amounted to 554.609kg. And about 117.058 kg of cordy­ceps has been with­drawn from auc­tion.

The re­ports fur­ther says, the to­tal quan­tity of cordy­cep de­clared at the auc­tion sites amounted to 671.667 kg, re­sult­ing in to­tal amount of roy­alty col­lec­tion to Nu.5.64 Mil-

lion. Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag saw the high­est amount of cordy­cep col­lec­tion with 423.348 kg and Lhuntse Dzongkhag the low­est with 0.471 gm. While there are 100 per­cent rep­re­sen­ta­tions of col­lec­tors at auc­tion sites like Thim­phu Dzongkhag but there are cases like in Gasa Dzongkhag, where the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of col­lec­tors at auc­tion is not even 30%. A to­tal of 3539 col­lec­tion per­mit were is­sued by re­spec­tive Gewog ad­min­is­tra­tion across the coun­try, and about 2111 col­lec­tors par­tic­i­pated dur­ing the auc­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cordy­cep Mar­ket­ing re­port for the year 2014, this year, 2014 saw al­most an equal amount of cordy­cep like in the pre­vi­ous year. The low­est quan­tity trans­acted was in the year 2007, where only 140.4 kg of cordy­ceps were trans­acted through auc­tion. This year, the to­tal quan­tity de­clared was 671.587kg, from which 554.609 kg was auc­tioned. As the num­ber of bid­ders reg­is­ter­ing for cordy­cep auc­tion has been in­creas­ing over the year, the price of cordy­cep has been in­creas­ing ac­cord­ingly.

Ini­tially, only about 22 traders reg­is­tered with DAMC for par­tic­i­pa­tion dur­ing auc­tions but over the years, the de­part­ment has been mak­ing af­fords in order to en­sure max­i­mum num­ber of bid­ders par­tic­i­pa­tion hence by this year, the num­ber of bid­der regis­tra­tion has dou­bled record­ing one of the high­est over the years i.e. 47 bid­ders. A to­tal of Nu. 5.64 mn . was col­lected as roy­alty which is one of the high­est till date, the re­port states.

The av­er­age price of cordy­ceps has also in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, ini­tially in 2004; the av­er­age price per kilo­gram of cordy­cep was Nu. 0.065 Mn, where as this year, 2014 the av­er­age price has reached to Nu. 0.7 Mn per kilo­gram of cordy­ceps. As in the pre­vi­ous years, the cordy­ceps brought by Lu­nana gewog col­lec­tors fetched the max­i­mum price i.e. Nu. 1.326 Mn for a kilo­gram of cordy­cep. The low­est price fetched was Nu. 0.07 Mn per kilo­gram, at Khoma, Lhuntse, the re­port states.

Mean­while, a to­tal of eleven venues have been se­lected for seven­teen dif­fer­ent cordy­ceps col­lec­tion gewogs. And the cordy­cep auc­tion­ing for the cur­rent sea­son in the coun­try has started on 10 July, 2014 at Paro dzongkhag and con­cluded on 3 Au­gust, 2014 at Thim­phu dzngkhag. The spe­cific venue and dates for con­duct of auc­tion­ing was also fixed based upon dis­cus­sion dur­ing the work­shop.

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