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How young farmers improve livelihoods in Zhemgang and counter rural-urban migration
Khengrig Namsum Cooperative (KNC) was founded in August 2014 by very committed and dedicated youth in Zhemgang. The overall objective of the cooperative is to improve the livelihoods of the people of Zhemgang Dzongkhag (district). KNC members represent all eight Gewogs (administrative blocks) of Zhemgang Dzongkhag and they have a minimum qualification of high school level education. KNC is guided by cooperative principles and values and operates within the framework of the legislation for cooperatives of the Royal government of Bhutan. KNC currently has 16 members ( 9 women and 7 men) headed by Chairperson Thinley Wangdi, 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 established a partnership with the non-profit Austrian branch of the Bhutan Network. Every year – within the Organic Farmers Exchange Programme (OFEP), co-sponsored by the Land Salzburg (local government of the province Salzburg in Austria) – at least one KNC member is sent to Austria on organic farming study tour.