Agriculture being the back bone of our economy and most of our population depending on it, it’s high time that we bring changes in our agricultural system.its not that government has not done its share in the past but still more things to be done with both gov. , private sectors, every farmers and citizens coming together to bring new era.i think we need to come up with green revolutions, white and blue revolutions and private entrepreneurs coming in front to commercialize our farming system. At initial stages it might be uphill task but I am sure that we will get the results in very short span of time and our economy will prosper; we will be self sufficient, no more foreign currency crisis and of course employment and good cash return to our farmers and population as a whole. So let us share our views and ideas and lets implement la.
I am of the same view as nublang. We have slipped down too much in the name of development that draw heavy investments and unsustainable for reasonable amount of time. Industrialization anywhere in the world has encroached and trespassed against tradition, culture, customs, social cohesion among community and relatives etc. The present form of development in Bhutan has already begun taking its toll, showing our weakness of depending on neighbours for everything.
It’s not too late though if we like to mend our ways. Unemployment problem will not be there as all national manpower will be absorbed in productive activities in respective localities. We can survive with fewer schools and offices as majority of the citizens will be doing the same work. We need not strengthen institutions and institutional values over that of human societies. We need well established laws for balancing growth in the nation in favour of the laborious group of people that shine as examples of selflessness and hard works.
That is the only way to wean away from dependence and gather more wealth by way of exporting surpluses instead of running out of stock even for surviving a month. Present hydro-rupees expectation will remain in control of the state visionaries that will feel privileged to enjoy GNH, not to suffer lack or harm of inflation and devaluation that affect the common citizen and non-citizen in the country. In the overall, there will be no time for politicking and alienating people resulting into disunity and discomforts in the nation.
Thanks for your thoughts la…it’s high time that we transist to the era of innovations….I agree with u and most of the Bhutanese are trying to do something bt we get obstructed by poor attitude and lack of far sighted ness in our own organizations….one man can’t change the system but as a group and whole can do.
Didn’t you read Kuensel? Agriculture has already gained it entry into our Secondary Education system, as an optional subject. I think there are 20 schools with more 6oo students studying Agriculture. Agriculture is an answer for our unemployment problem. Can’t our children study Agriculture even at the primary education level? Students will find this subject more meaningful than studying social studies and history, etc, academic subjects. The citizen of this country must demand that the ministry of education can do more to revolutionized its education system.
I agree! There are many ways to increase self sufficiency in agriculture. Further, there are many ways to do so in a way that does not limit the abilities of future generations to live happily and self-sufficiently. By increasing the diversity of crops in fields, and rotating crops so that the soils are not exhausted, an the use of nitrogen fixing plants to rejuvenate soils. In western countries, so much of the aggriculture depends on chemical fertilizers because the soils were not tended to properly. Bhutan has the chance to learn from the mistakes of other nations. Sustainable agriculture is the way of the future, and needs to be taught and practiced everywhere!
Another very important step in helping this happen is to buy goods produced within the country. It may be difficult, but if the consumers demand more in-country product, the market will adjust to this demand.
Unemployment can be reduced greatly if people understand the vast amount of rewards in agriculture. It is a good profession for your health and strength, good for your mind and spirit (more so in small farms with a diverse array of crops due to the constant rewards of new crops throughout the season) and good for the economy!
People should: 1) look into permaculture sustainable agriculture, 2) learn from the mistakes of western countries, 3) also learn from their progress in sustainability, and 4) do not let urbanization create a disconnect between food in stores and where it came from – the environment.
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