Gungtong – A complicated phenomenon

My preliminary assessment of Gungtong is revealing some interesting local political dynamics. When I say "local political", I'm referring to the Gungtong data that is maintained and reported by local leaders to the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. The first problem is the lack of a clear definition of Gungtong. While Gungtong, in general, [...]

Can we question our food self-sufficiency wish? My Opinion Piece for Kuensel (July 6th 2019 Issue)

A recent editorial in Kuensel titled “A stunted agriculture sector” grabbed my attention, just because we have been trying to achieve food self-sufficiency since the establishment of the agriculture sector in the country in 1961 together with the commencement of the first five-year plan in 1961. Similarly, an opinion piece by the former Secretary of [...]

Agriculture Minister proposes a meat tax to discourage local slaughterhouses [The Bhutanese, 9th March 2019]

This is one "hell" of a confused article and I know many will not agree with this article of mine [https://thebhutanese.bt/agriculture-minister-proposes-a-meat-tax-to-discourage-local-slaughterhouses/?fbclid=IwAR1SpYIm73kG9jlXai8nchc1Ashe-OWS_1rBIaD2g1q9UItTuouYtakR5VM]. The article "cites" local slaughterhouses or rather a meat production will be levied the tax and the same source says imported meat is not hygienic. Well! when imported meat is un-hygienic; when we can't [...]