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How young farmers improve livelihoods in Zhemgang and counter rural-urban migration
Khengrig Namsum Cooperative (KNC) was established on August 25th, 2014 by committed and dedicated youth in Zhemgang. Aim is to improve the livelihoods of the people of Zhemgang Dzongkhag. KNC members represent all eight Gewogs of the Dzongkhag and have a minimum qualification of high school standard. The cooperative is guided by cooperative principles and values and operates within the framework of cooperative legislation of the Country. KNC currently has 16 members ( 9 females and 7 males) headed by Chairperson, who is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the Cooperative under the directives of the Board of Directors.(BoD).
In 2017 KNC also established an exchange partnership with Bhutan Network. Annually, a KNC member is sent to Austria on organic farming study tour. Furthermore, the potential of turmeric and ginger production for the European niche market is explored.