Project Title: “Medicinal Plants and herbs: Developing Sustainable Supply Chain and Enhancing Rural Livelihoods.”
The project funded by Common Fund for Commodities and ICIMOD; aims to conserve natural resources, reduce poverty and improve livelihoods of mountain communities through sustainable development and utilization of high-value, low-volume medicinal and aromatic plants and products. Nubi Gewog under Trongsa Dzongkhag has been selected as the project area.
BAOWE in association with Horticulture Division, Department of Agriculture is implementing this project by establishing and developing a Common Facility Centre in Trongsa to increase the rural livelihood, enable access to working capital, shortening the supply chain, direct interface with producer and most importantly a link to markets through Farmers Groups and Cooperatives.
The overall objective is to :
- conserve natural resources,
- reduce poverty and improve livelihoods of mountain communities through the sustainable development and utilization of high-value, low-volume medicinal plants and products.
- develop and promote appropriate production and post harvest technologies, develop marketing strategies,
- develop community- based enterprise, promote market information dissemination systems and appropriate policies to enhance livelihoods
- conserve the natural resource base.
One of the components of the project is establishing Common Facility Center (CFCs). CFCs are common processing and market-linking facilities to be managed by local communities and a multi-stakeholder group. The CFCs will be set up based on standard operating producers for medicinal and aromatic plants so their products have global and regional market access. Backward linkage with the producer will ensure a guaranteed market as well as quality supplies from them according to market requirements. Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs plays an important role in creation of market linkages and networks.
Objective of establishing a CFC:
- Increase economic benefits through the cultivation of maps and other potential agro commodities and reducing the risk of the grower communities.
- Develop a knowledge center for Value Addition and product development at local level in Trongsa.
- To enhance the skills of women in processing of MAPS, fruits, spice and vegetables and thus opening new channels for income generation.
- Linking poor households to IGP through value addition and analyzed and develops a dynamic value chain in participatory manner.
Benefits from the CFC:
Common Facility Center (CFC) will provide Income generation opportunities and self employment through introducing primarily processing including sorting, washing, and grading and primary level value addition to the local community of the region by utilizing the locally available resources. These include medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), fruit, spice and vegetables, grading processing and packaging.
Targeted medicinal and aromatic crops:
- Zanthoxylum Armatum : Sichuan Pepper
- Saussurea Costus Lappa (Ruta)
- Carum Carvi
- Inula Helium (Manu)