Bhutan - Domestic trade

Over 90% of the population is employed in agriculture. Homemade handicrafts, cement, and food processing are the primary industries. Retail sales are carried out mainly in small, local bazaars. Bartering is common at the local level, with grains, butter, and cloth being the principal commodities of exchange, although Indian and Bhutanese currencies are increasingly being employed. Indian traders sell imported articles and buy a number of handicraft items for export to India. The Ninth Five Year Plan (2002–2006) for the first time envisions plans for each of Bhutan's 201 localities or geogs. Through this approach, the government hopes to enhance rural connectivity and economic activity while putting a check on rural to urban movement.

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