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OGOP initiative trains beekeeping cooperatives from southern districts

Pema Tshewang, Thimphu
Jun 30, 2017

Bhutanese honey is among the most popular product sold by the One Gewog One Product (OGOP) Initiative which has helped farmers to generate income to a great extent through beekeeping.

To further improve the business of selling honey products, OGOP organised three-day training for members of beekeeping cooperatives from southern dzongkhags.

OGOP is an initiative under the aegis of the Queen’s Project with the prime objective to help farmers grow, package, and market their local produce.

At the training, beekeepers and livestock officials sat together and discussed how to develop uniform standards in increasing the honey production.

“Farmers don’t have to worry about the market since under the Queen’s Project; the collection centre collects honey from them. Also, farmers fetch good price,” said one of the participants, Moti Maya Ghalley.

Like her, other trainees are also looking forward to getting newfound knowledge in procuring honey processing equipment.

Zimpon Wogma Tashi, who heads the Queen’s Project said, “It is important to use indigenous knowledge to our advantage and maintain the highest standards in quality.

OGOP has two outlets: in Paro Airport and at Thimphu Eco Park below Changangkha Lhakhang, where over 200 products, ranging from food to handicrafts, produced by farmers across the country, are sold.

The Queen’s Project is an initiative of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen to complement His Majesty’s vision towards nation-building and the wellbeing of the people, with a focus on Rural Livelihood, Environment, Arts & Culture, Differently-Abled People, and Youth Engagement.

 

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