Farmer taps lu­cra­tive busi­ness of sell­ing veg­etable seeds

Business Bhutan - - Business - Jigme Wangchen from Lhuentse

Af­ter at­tend­ing sev­eral train­ings on seed pro­duc­tion and pack­ag­ing, a 50-yearold famer from Maenbi gewog in Lhuentse has fi­nally found a lu­cra­tive busi­ness in pro­duc­ing and sell­ing veg­etable seeds com­mer­cially.

Tsha­gayla, who has ven­tured into large-scale seed pro­duc­tion to­day, said farm­ers in his vil­lage do not have to de­pend solely on the gewog agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion of­fice for veg­etable seeds.

“Un­like in the past, my veg­etable seeds are now well packed,” he said. “Ear­lier, I used to sell my seeds with­out pack­ing and now it has been al­most two years that I started sell­ing seeds well packed.”

Tsha­gayla ex­plains that pro­duc­ing seeds for com­mer­cial pur­pose is a lu­cra­tive busi­ness.

“If we can work more, we have around 70 per­cent profit from the seeds,” he said, adding it was not a prob­lem to sell his lo­cal seeds as every­one de­pended on agri­cul­ture.

“Since I am the only one who pro­duces seeds for com­mer­cial pur­pose in this gewog, I can eas­ily sell my prod­ucts,” Tsha­gayla said, adding that he is now tar­get­ing the gewog agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion of­fice and the Dzongkhag agri­cul­ture sec­tor to sell his lo­cal seeds.

“But some­times it is dif­fi­cult as they don’t have the bud­get to buy seeds,” he added.

Tsha­gayla, mean­while, is ex­pect­ing to pro­duce more than 3,000 pack­ets of var­i­ous seeds this year and earn more than Nu 50,000.

To help Tsha­gayla, the gewog’s agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion su­per­vi­sor, Phub Dem, also helps in mar­ket­ing Tsha­gayla’s seeds.

Phub Dem said she had dis­cus­sions with the school agri­cul­ture pro­gram co­or­di­na­tors of cen­tral schools to sell Tsha­gayla’s seeds. “The co­or­di­na­tors are pos­i­tive about the idea and I am also go­ing to ask the au­tho­rized seed dis­tributers to buy his seeds,” she said.

She added that Tsha­gayla’s ini­tia­tive has ben­e­fited both the farm­ers and the gewog agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion of­fice. “He helps me in train­ing the farm­ers and we do not have to buy ad­di­tional seeds from the Na­tional Seed Cen­tre,” she added.

Tsha­gayla has also trained around 40 farm­ers in the gewog on seed pro­duc­tion.

“We have three veg­etable groups in the gewog and last year I have trained them on seed pro­duc­tion,” he added.

Mean­while, the Agri­cul­ture Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cen­tre (ARDC) in Wengkhar also help farm­ers in es­tab­lish­ing and up scal­ing such projects. Like Tsha­gayla, there are around 27 veg­etable seeds and fruit nurs­ery grow­ers in east­ern Bhutan.

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