Due to lack of storage facilities, farmers in Bhutan continue to lose
harvested crops to pest infestation. Loss is estimated between 20 and 40
percent. Meanwhile, farmers of Khothakpa, Pemagatshel in south east Bhutan have
complained that dust coming from gypsum mining site nearby their citrus orchard
is to be blamed for dying citrus trees. However, the mining officials have
denied the allegations saying that dying of trees is due to natural diseases.
The number of fruit bearing trees has reduced significantly over the years. 7, 10 April http://www.bhutanobserver.bt/poor-storage-worsens-declining-crop-production-2/ http://www.kuenselonline.com/2011/?p=29759