Updated on 22 April 2013
Please tell us about the Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) and its association with Indian agricultural scientists and industry?
Established in 1991, NARC is an autonomous apex body for the applied agricultural research under ministry of agriculture development in Nepal. Simultaneously the biotechnology unit was created in 1998. Nepalese scientists share a very warm relationship with their Indian counterparts at Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) through South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions).
Could you kindly mention the mutually beneficial activities that have taken place between NARC and the Indian agricultural sector?
Many capacity building works have been conducted by Indian scientists for Nepalese researchers. At the same time NARC helped in the registration of Indian crop varieties that were developed and marketed by Indian seed companies especially for maize, rice and vegetables in Nepal. Similarly, NARC has also played a greater role in recommending Nepalese farmers pesticide, fertilizer and machineries that are produced by Indian companies. The biotechnology unit alone purchases the chemicals worth $60,000 from Indian companies every year.