Food import from India increases by Nu 144mn

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Bhutan’s import of food items from India increased by worth of Nu 144mn this year as compared to 2018.

According to Renewable Natural Resources (RNR)statistics on import of major food items from India during January-June this year, the country imported food items worth Nu 2.9bn last year as compared to Nu 3.1bn this year.

Rice, meat, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables are among the major food items imported from India.

Bhutan imported 42,554MT of rice worth Nu 1.063mn in the first half of this year which is a 12% increase compared to the same period in 2018. Last year, the country imported 37,736MT of rice worth Nu 966mn.

Meat (beef, pork, chicken, chevon) and edible oil import volume increased by 14% and 4% respectively compared to last year. Bhutan imported 2,893MT of meat last year as compared to 3,320MT this year. 

Import of fish decreased to 416MT this year from 754MT in 2018 and its import value reduced to Nu 62mn from 108mn in 2018.

Likewise, import of fresh fruits, flour and live animal import volume increased by13%, 0.9% and 72% respectively this year as compared to last year. Bhutan imported 1,735MT of fresh fruits last year which  increased to 1,966MT this year.

Meanwhile, import of fresh vegetables, dairy products and dried vegetables decreased significantly this year as compared to 2018. Bhutan imported 17,855MT of fresh vegetables in 2018 and 10,455MT this year, which is a decrease of 41% compared to 2018. Consequently, the cost of import of fresh vegetables also decreased to Nu 166mn from Nu 153mn in 2018.

Likewise, import of dairy products decreased to 2,389MT this year from 11,138MT in 2018 and its import value reduced to Nu 398mn from 414mn in 2018, which is a decrease by 78% this year. Dried vegetables import also decreased by 14% in 2019.

Some of the major foods imported from India are dried fruit, salts, spices and sugar the import volume of which decreased by about 26%, 15%, 20% and 8.5% respectively.

Kinley Yonten from Thimphu

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