Sustainable use of Hemp Resources for Youth Employment and rural income generation
Sustainable use of Hemp Resources for Youth Employment and rural income generation
Muhung and Broksar are small villages with 27 and 21 households respectively under Sherimuhung and Saleng Gewogs in Mongar Dzongkhag (District). These are the remotest and poorest villages in the Gewogs and villagers have to walk more than two hours from nearest road points. The farmers are involved in the vegetable and maize production but however, it is done in small scale which is only sufficient to themselves therefore, not much improvement is brought to their livelihood. Hence, it was important to look beyond the agriculture production and livestock rearing. In these villages, the hemp plants grow in abundant wildly and is found to be underutilized.
Thus, the project “Sustainable use of Hemp Resources for Youth Employment and rural income generation” was initiated with Kena Larchey Tshogpa, a community based group. The project was pilot project to enlighten public on various benefits of hemp and if hemp plant could be tried as alternative crop for income generation. Oil extracted from hemp plant from Bhutan could be used in perfumery and pharmaceutical, fiber for paper factory and other purposes and to export hemp oil to Eco-fiber Company, Australia.
The project sensitized local communities on usefulness of hemp plants, farmers were trained on manufacturing of hemp oil. They group did produce hemp oil and was send to Eco-fiber Company in Australia to test whether hemp oil produced in Bhutan met their standard or not. Though, hemp oil manufactured didn’t met the standards but the company informed the group to continue with production of oil with improvement of quality. Also, the group and the project have sounded the usefulness of hemp plant to relevant agencies and how if rightly used could be alternative source of income generation as it is abundantly grown in almost every part of Bhutan.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Kena Larchay Tshogpa
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 19,750.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 21,800.00
Project Number:
BHU/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/BD/2013/02
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
It will depend in market availability for the hemp oil otherwise, the raw material, hemp plant is wildly and abundantly grown in almost every part of Bhutan. Therefore, availability of right market will ensure high sustainability.
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