Veg­etable mar­ket to sell lo­cal prod­ucts in Trongsa

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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.

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