The Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperatives (DAMC) with the Centenary Farmer’s Market (CFM), Department of Agriculture (DoA) and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will conduct a vegetable auction in Thimphu from 5 September.
This is done to support the ministry’s goal to achieve vegetable self-sufficiency in next two years through improved system of marketing local produce.
The Director of DAMC, Dorji Dhradhul, said the specific objective for such an initiative is to give alternative to Phuentsholing auction for farmers, increase supply at CFM Thimphu and to help lower (or stabilize price) for consumers with a possible decrease in the transportation costs, post harvest loss/spoilage due to less hours of travel, possible decrease in the number of links (middle men) in the value chain.
The registration will be done on Tuesdays from 6pm to 10 pm at the auction yard next to the bridge at the CFM and the auction will happen on Wednesdays starting from 5 September from 8.30 am.
Highly perishable vegetables like broccoli and ferns will have to be brought from 7.30-8.30 am on the auction day and the buyers have to register at the CFM auction yard; DAMC office at CFM, and at CFM Management Office.
The minimum quantity per commodity for auction is 30 kilos and a nominal service charge will be levied on the buyers and the sellers. The one time target is 50 to 60 tonnes of vegetable as the auction yard is built to accommodate only 70 metric tonnes.
“We are restricting the amount due to limitation of storage capacity,” he said adding that there are two kind of risks in this- one is that people might bring excess vegetables which they have to take back and the other is the turn out might be very less.
The calculation of the total amount to be auctioned was based on the consumption and production pattern.