The government of Bhutan goes organic agriculture

Some countries are moving to renewable energy, some on completely organic foods. The Himalayan country bordering India and China, is planning to 100% to refuse the use of artificial chemicals in agriculture by 2020.

The Minister of agriculture and forestry of Bhutan Pema Gyamtsho, announced the decision in Delhi at the Summit on sustainable development 2013. He noted that the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers not only reduces the nutritional value of vegetables and fruits, but also harms the environment by the fact that after use all chemicals out into the groundwater. To grow organic food is not so easy, and in the West, the yield is greatly reduced when the soil no longer handle modern fertilizers. That is why you need several years to prepare the ground for such major changes.

It would seem — a small Kingdom with a population of around 450,000 people and a well developed agrarian sector may feed itself, but the government expects more subsequent exporterof quality products to neighbouring countries. For Bhutan, which opened its doors to the world of effects only 30 years ago, and where the youth is rapidly leaving to settle in more developed countries, such a policy is a good way to attract the attention of the world, and at the same time to update the tradition.



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