Less quan­tity of cordy­cep de­clared at the auc­tion this year

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This year saw less quan­tity of cordy­cep dec­la­ra­tion at auc­tion un­like in the past few years was the find­ing made by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing & Co­op­er­a­tives un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests. Ac­cord­ing to the Cordy­cep mar­ket­ing re­port for the year 2015 the col­lec­tors in the western re­gion like Wang­due, Paro, Gasa and Thim­phu, ex­pressed that the yield was very low this year. How­ever, in cen­tral re­gion like Bumthang, where the yield was con­sid­ered very high proved ques­tion­able con­sid­er­ing the quan­tity de­clared at auc­tion which de­creased by 100 % this year.

As per the re­port till date, 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 230.88kg, out of which 190.689 kg was auc­tioned. And ac­cord­ingly, a to­tal amount of Nu. 1.94 mn. was col­lected as roy­alty. Ini­tially, only about 22 traders reg­is­tered with the Depart­ment for par­tic­i­pa­tion dur­ing auc­tions but over the years it steadily in­creased. A to­tal of 43 bid­ders reg­is­tered this year.

The av­er­age price of cordy­ceps has also in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, ini­tially in 2004, the av­er­age price per kilo­gram of cordy­cep was Nu. 0.065 Mn whereas this year, the av­er­age price has reached to Nu. 0.78 Mn per kilo­gram . As in the pre­vi­ous years, the cordy­ceps brought by Lu­nana geog col­lec­tors fetched the max­i­mum price i.e. Nu. 1.478 Mn for a kilo­gram of cordy­cep. The low­est price fetched was Nu. 0.09 Mn per kilo­gram at Bomdelling geog, Trashiyangtse

In 2015, a to­tal of 43 traders reg­is­tered with Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing and Co­op­er­a­tives (DAMC) for par­tic­i­pa­tion in cordy­cep auc­tion. The dates and venue for the cordy­ceps auc­tion has been an­nounced in media and shared through dif­fer­ent modes. A to­tal of 11 venues have been se­lected for 17 dif­fer­ent cordy­ceps col­lec­tion ge­ogs.

This year the pro­duc­tion quan­tity of cordy­cep de­clared at auc­tion amounted to 230.881kg. And about 40.121 kg of cordy­ceps has been with­drawn from auc­tion, which might have been taken to other auc­tion sites, ex­ported di­rectly or sold to in­di­vid­u­als af­ter the auc­tion­ing pe­riod. The to­tal roy­alty col­lec­tion cal­cu­lated at Nu. 8400 amounted to Nu. 1.94 mil­lion. Wangdupho­drang dzongkhag saw the high­est amount of cordy­cep col­lec­tion i.e. 132.52 kg and Lhuntse dongkhag the low­est i.e. 0.893 gm.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tion of col­lec­tors at auc­tion sites re­mains a con­cern de­spite of con­ducive mar­ket­ing sys­tems in place. Out of 3354 col­lec­tion per­mit is­sued across the coun­try only 1865 par­tic­i­pated dur­ing the auc­tion. Few col­lec­tors ex­pressed that they have not been able to go de­spite of hav­ing col­lec­tion per­mit. How­ever, cer­tifi­cate of ori­gin might have proved to be a bet­ter tool to track whether the rea­sons are gen­uine for not par­tic­i­pat­ing dur­ing auc­tion. The lack of aware­ness on the ex­ist­ing guide­line must have been one of the main rea­sons for not par­tic­i­pat­ing dur­ing auc­tion. Although, there are more than 90% col­lec­tors rep­re­sen­ta­tion at cer­tain auc­tion sites like Thim­phu dzongkhag but there are cases where the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of col­lec­tors at auc­tion is not even 40%. A max­i­mum of 3 col­lec­tion per­mits per house­hold were is­sued by re­spec­tive geog ad­min­is­tra­tion across the coun­try, and about 1865 col­lec­tors par­tic­i­pated dur­ing the auc­tion.

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