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Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Department of Agriculture
National Organic Program

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Department of Agriculture
National Organic Program
Post Box No. 392
Semtokha, Thimphu
Phone: +975 (2) 351077
Fax: +975 (2) 351695
Email: bhutanorganic@moaf.gov.bt
 

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Date of Implementation: 

2007

Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

Bhutan has the goal of becoming a fully organic country by 2020. In 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture launched NFOFB, which provides a broad structure for the promotion and institutionalization of organic farming. It is more of a policy statement and lacks legal basis for undertaking organic farming, particularly where foreign investments may needed. There are a few acts and legal instruments that indirectly refer to or support organic farming in food production, such as the Food Act of Bhutan, 2005, the Pesticides Act, 2000 and the Plant Quarantine Act, 1993. More explicit instruments with adequate legal basis will be needed to bolster organic farming. Bhutan needs clear legislation and its own standards for organic production based on internationally recognized systems such as the Codex Alimentarius.

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