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About DAMC


Brief Introduction to Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Royal Government of Bhutan

1. Introduction

Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC) was established in October 2009 and started to operate as a Department from March 2010 with the appointment of a Director. The main reasons for its establishment are: Firstly, to better equip and prepare the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to cater to the needs of the rapid transition of the Agriculture sector from a primarily subsistence to a major market economy. Secondly, to strengthen the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests to effectively implement the Cooperative (Amendment) Act of Bhutan, 2009 (CAB 2009).  The department has the following vision, mission and strategic goals.

2. Vision: 
A vibrant and responsive marketing and cooperative institution, supporting profitable and people-centered marketing of RNR products, for both domestic and international markets contributing to sustainable socio-economic development.

3. Mission: 
To promote marketing of RNR products through promoting efficient and effective marketing systems, facilitating institutional linkages and strengthening farmers groups and cooperatives.

4. Mandates

The following are the Mandates of the Department:

  • Transforming the RNR sectors from subsistence to market oriented farming in order to bring improvements in rural economy.
  • To support economic and social empowerment through development of farmers group and cooperatives
  • To improve economic efficiency and viability of RNR production and marketing through organization and development of farmers group and cooperatives
  • To support sustainable and effective management and production of RNR products market research, intelligence, information and studies.
  • To establish efficient and effective marketing system to promote domestic and export markets through development of infrastructures.

5. Functions

  • Registration of FGs/Cooperatives and income generation
  • Facilitate Credit Cooperatives and funding
  • Capacity building/strengthening of FGs/Cooperatives, Entrepreneurs and RNR extension on Cooperative strengthening and Marketing
  • Facilitate access to marketing equipment and post-harvest facilities
  • Conduct market studies for major RNR products
  • Promote commercial farming and agribusinesses
  • Promote Domestic and Export market (market linkage)
  • Develop and strengthen Market intelligence and information system
  • Establish/Develop market infrastructures
  • Develop policies, strategies and guidelines related to RNR Marketing

 6. Contact:

Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives , Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan, P.O Box 929 Tel: +975-2-331638 / 335741/ 322909 Fax: +975-2-324898

Revised Mandates.pdf