Updated on 22 April 2013
Dr Resham Babu Amgai, scientist, biotechnology unit, Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal
The National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) is Nepal's premier agriculture agency under the ministry of agriculture, whose function is to support the growth of agriculture sector in Nepal. NARC also has the mandate to take care of research and policy in the areas of plants, fisheries and animals.
Dr Resham Babu Amgai, scientist, biotechnology unit, Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal, in an exclusive interview, speaks about the activities of the organization. Excerpts from the interview:
What kind of funding do you receive from the government? Who are the major contributors? Has this funding been sufficient?
NARC receives funds from the Nepal government and other donors, including public funding agencies like the World Bank. The government fund is the major source of funding (it covers 99 percent of total funding) for research and other activities of the institute. Total budget of NARC is around $5 million per year for research and another $5million per year for administration, which is distributed to all 76 research stations throughout the country. However, it is very insufficient to conduct the research in all disciplines of agriculture. For example, $ 80,000 per year is allocated to conduct research works on biotechnology for whole institute, which is very insufficient.