10th Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing for CFM held

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The 10th an­nual man­age­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing for Cen­te­nary Farm­ers Mar­ket (CFM) was held on 20th Au­gust 2014 in the con­fer­ence hall of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests (MoAF). The meet­ing com­menced with the in­tro­duc­tory re­marks from Hon’ble Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji to the present par­tic­i­pants.

Be­sides the up­dates on CFM, the meet­ing cov­ered the key is­sues at CFM. It was pointed out that the num­ber of stalls present were not enough es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer sea­son. To which the com­mit­tee de­cided that they will look into the pos­si­bil­ity of in­creas­ing the num­ber of stalls by study­ing the in­fras­truc­tural pos­si­bil­i­ties and un­der­uti­lized ar­eas in or­der to ren­der sup­port and plat­form to the lo­cal farm­ers.

On the next agenda, the CFM staff pro­posed to take over the park­ing fee col­lec­tion ac­tiv­ity with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 2014 which was pre­vi­ously out- sourced. Af­ter a thor­ough study, it is found that the CFM man­age­ment will gain more in­come by em­ploy­ing their staff for fee col­lec­tion, mak­ing effective use of its staff while also con­tribut­ing to the sus­te­nance of the CFM.

Dis­cussing fur­ther, the CFM staff in­formed of re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from Thim­phu Thromde in­ti­mat­ing to draw a Land Lease Agree­ment for the CFM. Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, the CFM cov­ered an area of about Nu. 96,762 square feet, this amounts to Nu.19, 35, 240 per year. Due to such huge an­nual amount, the staff ex­pressed their con­cern on the CFM sus­tain­abil­ity. They pointed out that what they are do­ing is not busi­ness but ser­vice to the gen­eral peo­ple They in­formed that the nom­i­nal fee col­lected is used for staff pay­ment, main­te­nance and man­age­ment of the CFM. Thus, the CFM staff laid down the pro­posal, not to pay the lease fees for CFM con­sid­er­ing that they will not be able to pay the fees from the in­come gen­er­ated by the CFM.

Fur­ther, the Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­lar­ity Au­thor­ity Karma Dorji pro­posed the con­struc­tion of drainage at back of the CFM which caused nui­sance by block­age, foul smell and threats of dis­ease thriv­ing. With con­struc­tion of the proper drainage sys­tem, the CFM aims to cre­ate a bet­ter and hy­gienic place for ren­der­ing bet­ter ser­vices to the public and the farm­ers in par­tic­u­lar.

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