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FMCL introduces four new varieties of rice

Pema Tshewang, Thimphu
Jun 18, 2018

The Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL) introduced four varieties of rice in the market on Saturday. They are Ray Sata from Paro, Tan Tshri from Punakha, Spring Rice GB-1 from Sarpang and Khamti from Phuntshothang in Samdrup Jongkhar.

This is the corporation’s first rice production to hit the market. It is aimed at enhancing rice self-sufficiency in the country. Currently, Bhutan has achieved only 47 per cent in rice self-sufficiency.

The corporation has over 400 acres of land leased for rice cultivation and over 469 farm workers.

The corporation hopes to launch more farm products in the market to help achieve food self-sufficiency.

The FMCL’s CEO, Karma Thinley says the aim is to achieve self-sufficiency in food that can be grown in the country.  “Rice, vegetables and cooking oil can be produced within the country,” he said.

“There are a lot of advantages, especially in terms of safety. Food safety is an issue nowadays and the FMCL accords huge importance to it. We also look into price regulation and quality.”

The corporation will distribute its farm products to the local dealers only. The dealers have to sell the products at the same price as the corporation will pay service charges to them separately.

Apart from rice, the corporation launched sesame oil from Nitchula in Dagana.

Sesame oil can be consumed as well as applied on the body for health purposes. It is known to relieve back pain, improve vision, cure diarrhea and promote hair growth among others.

The FMCL was established in 2016 as A State Owned Enterprise (SOE) to supply farm mechanization goods and services to the country’s farming community at affordable prices.

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