The Bhutan government has organized several cultural programmes to welcome the delegates from Sri lanka. MPs V.K. Indika, Ruwan Ranathunga, Ashoka Abeysinghe and Palitha Thewarapperuma and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament were in the delegation.
They met Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, National Assembly of Bhutan Speaker Jigme Zangpo and National Council of Bhutan Chairperson Dr. Sonam Kinga and discussed a number of topics.
They discussed about steps to be taken to strengthen bilateral relations including the current status and future trends of the SAARC, progress of SAPTA and progress of BIMSTEC, in which both Sri Lanka and Bhutan are members,
While they were in Bhutan they showed keen interest in red rice, spices and fruits produced by Bhutan as these food items are produced without any use of pesticides and fertilizers.Also the red variety of red rice is popular among the Bhutanese as no artificial fertiliser is added when cultivating this variety of rice.
It is also not affected by any disease and has a high nutrition value,It has higher nutrition value than the brown rice consumed in Asian countries. but as it is mostly consumed domestically, its significance has not yet come to the attention of or drawn the interest of people outside of Bhutan.
The red rice is exported to the developed countries and and they made profit by selling tablets made out of the bran.
The Bhutanese cultivate their crops without using the artificial fertilizers and prefer the use of organic fertilizers. The demand for the organic fertilizers is much more in the countries like Bangladesh and India so the Bhutanese want to make the organic food in there own country and hence want to make the organic production of food by 100 percent and meet the demand for such food in those countries..
They also discussed on how they can set up cultural ties between the two nations. For this they discussed about the the art of ancient Buddhist paintings in Bhutan and the art of ancient Buddhist paintings in Sri Lanka.