Vegetable market to sell local products in Trongsa
Although with increase in population because of two hydro projects and demand for vegetable has drastically risen, recent Dzongkhag Tshogdue has stopped selling imported vegetables at vegetable market in Trongsa from January this year.
The current vegetable market at Thruepang was constructed by Ministry of Agriculture to encourage local farmers to promote agriculture and local organic products.
Jamtsho one of the project employee said, “Since local vegetables are seasonal, I personally feel Dzongkhag should allow imported products to sell in the market.” “Local people cannot provide some items like onion and tomatoes in all seasons which we require in every Bhutanese curry.”
Karma Lethro, Town representative feels it is because of some misunderstanding between the community and few powerful villagers by whom they have appealed to Gewog Tshogdue followed by Dzongkhag Tshogdue ( DT) and stopped imported vegetables.
According to him, all the vendors who import vegetables are from poor background and Tshodue should consider them. “Since it is a rule endorsed by DT we are now forced to comply.”
DT suggests them to rent a shop for those who are interested to sell imported vegetables. But getting shop at Trongsa has become a challenge.
“Even if we get shop, the rent is so high at Trongsa that little profit we earn has to all pay for rent.” said Tshering Yangzom, vegetable vendor in Trongsa. “In winter villagers cannot sell any green vegetables except Spinach and coriander.”
Selling vegetable is not her passion however, Yangzom being jobless and divorced with her husband has no option then to sell vegetables for survival and run the family. “I am selling vegetables to run my family though there is not much profit by imported products.”
Being dry season in the winter is a better opportunity to sell green imported vegetables. “I think if all vegetables vendors can go together to request hope the committee will grant us,” said Yangzom.
Aum Lemo local vegetable vendor said, during summer season she can earn better than importer because all customers are attracted by local products.“I earn good amount in summer but in winter I am coming only on Sunday to sell few vegetables.” “I myself buy imported vegetables from importers because I get fed up with dry vegetables.”
It will be helpful to community if committee allows them to sell imported vegetables instead of leaving place idle,” said Aum Lemo.
The committee formed by DT has already informed the vendors and they will be visiting vegetable market on Monday and start taking action against those who don’t comply with the rules.