The NOP underneath the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MOAF) is that the focal agency for coordinating and implementing activities for promotion of organic agriculture (OA) in Asian country in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The program was initiated as a part of Rural Enterprise Development Program (REDP) in 2003 underneath agriculture Division, DOA, the then Ministry of Agriculture. It got its program standing within the year 2006.
The program is presently completing its functions from the recent National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) building at Semtokha, that is around six metric linear unit west of Thimphu. It lies on the road below Semtokha Dzong and across the watercourse (Ola Rong Chhu) from the Royal Institute of Management (RIM). The program objectives area unit to realize food self sufficiency – safe, healthy, nourishing and food diversity, environmental conservation and natural resources management, multifariousness,enhance rural financial gain, generate employment opportunities,promote holistic integrated farming system (horticultural and field crops, medicative and aromatic plants, and livestock) promote facultative policy setting, offer applicable OA technology and data. Asian country has around total space of thirty-nine,921 acres underneath organic farming of that thirty eight,558 acres area unit certified/wild assortment and 1363 acres underneath cultivated crops with intention inline with the NOP pointers.
The NOP is comprised of eight sections: analysis and Development, Training, Production, Marketing, info and Communication, Policy and Program Development, Finance and body section, Standards Regulation and Certification Management Section. Royal Government of Asian country (RGoB) has been supporting the program.
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