Organic Workshop with Government Stakeholders 2010
Bio Bhutan would not exist without its partners, its supporters and friends. Be it the National Organic Programme or the Social Forestry Division, the National Biodiversity Center in Serbithang, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority or the Agricultural Research Stations in Yusipang and Mongar, the Ministry of Industries or the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries… Bio Bhutan requires the support and relies on strong ties.
Moreover, international agencies played a vital role in the development of Bio Bhutan. Helvetas made it possible to start up with a loan of 5.6 Million Ngultrum or 139000 Swiss Francs. Together with the colleagues of SNV we studied value chains of non-wood forest products: Physalis emblica, Swertia chirata, Piper mullesua, honey from local bees. The cooperation did not only result in publications, but facilitated the development of the herbal tea containing 3 important medicinal plants: pipla (Piper mullesua), rur-ta (Saussurea lappa) and amla (Physalis emblica).