High level consultative meeting on draft RNR marketing policy held
T he Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with assistance from International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ( ICIMOD ) , Nepal organized a high level consultative meeting to finalize the draft Renewable Natural Resources ( RNR ) marketing policy last Monday in Thimphu.
The national objective for the 11th Five Year Plan 2013-2018 is to achieve “self-reliance” through inclusive green socioeconomic development thus, the RNR sector has an important role to play towards achieving the national goal.
The RNR is a primary sector providing employment and livelihoods to over 62% of Bhutanese. Its contribution to annual GDP in 2014 was 16.8% with crop, livestock and forestry 10.06%, 4% and 3% respectively.
The policy context and guiding principles of the RNR MP of Bhutan is based on principles of GNH and other key guiding documents of the govt.
The discussion vision was to build a competitive and efficient marketing system for inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and self-reliance, equitable distribution of income and opportunities, balance regional development, and employment generation in harmony with the principles of GNH.
In the meeting officials discussed about mission of the policy, to develop RNR marketing systems to stimulate production plans in consonance with the domestic, regional and global market dynamics, also to enhance competiveness and fair pricing of the RNR products, and protect the Bhutanese RNR sector.
Moreover to create conducive environment to promote equal participation and access by all players across the RNR value chain to increase export and substitute imports and contribute to the growth of entrepreneurial culture in RNR products and agribusinesses.
The RNR MP is developed because RNR sector marketing involves multiple stakeholders. Without policy guidance, coordina- tion among the stakeholders of trade and marketing issues remained vague.
Also the review of agriculture sector issues of Bhutan identified the limited capacity of the public and private institution in the marketing of RNR commodities.
Therefore aiming to promote the development of RNR products by enhancing necessary infrastructural and human capacity, ensuring access to finances and strengthening marketing information, the government has developed.
Also focus on to promote the RNR commodity marketing to add values on RNR products considering other social, economic and political factors and by mainstreaming gender and environment components.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has the mandate to facilitate and promote marketing of RNR products, while the overall trading mandate lies with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the tariffs with the Minister of Finance
Therefore, RNR marketing is multi-dimensional and issues related to RNR marketing needed to be based on a coordinated and harmonized approach by all concerned sectors.
As the custodian agency, the ministry shall, support formation of high level committee, monitoring and evolution, and to coordinate the implementation of marketing policy with Department of Agriculture , Department of Agriculture , Department of Forests and Park Services and other stakeholders.