The India Post, 6th February, 2008 : India and Nepal have signed a work plan for the years 2009-10 on cooperation in the field of agriculture, here today. The MoU is made between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Nepal. The MoU is signed by Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary DARE & DG, ICAR; and the Executive Director, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Mr Parashuram Lal Karna here today.
Signing the agreement, Dr Mangala Rai said, the technical cooperation between the two countries will be implemented in the various areas in the field of agriculture. Under memorandum of understanding, exchange of germplasm and biological material for research purpose will be mutually agreed upon. The exchange of germplasm would be subject to regulatory regime in the respective countries.
The Work Plan for the years 2009-10 between ICAR & NARC will provide for study visits, exchange of scientific information and training of scientists and experts. The Nepalese scientists and officials will get training in the areas of hybrid seed production technology in vegetable seeds, ginger and grape improvement, carpet wool production, animal and veterinary bio technology, fish breeding, etc.
Both countries will cooperate with common objectives to promote and accelerate the progress of research and training in various field of agricultural research such as exchange of scientists and technologists; germplasm and breeding material, programme of common interests. Such cooperation shall be implemented by establishment of mutual relation between the scientific and technical divisions of the organizations of the ICAR and NARC.
Also present on the occasion were Mr. A. K. Upadhyay, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR, Deputy Director Generals of various divisions of ICAR and other senior officials.