The most well-known and productive body for agricultural research in the country, the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) has felicitated its 22nd anniversary in National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) complex, Khumaltar, Nepal on 08 May 2013.
It was the first event where NARC has organized its program not only outside from Plaza complex but also with the agricultural exhibition. The formal opening session followed by three days agriculture technological exhibition. The opening session was hosted by Dr. Tek Bahadur Gurung under the chairpersonship of acting secretary Dr. Prabhakar Pathak in presence of Chief Guest, Tek Bahadur Gharti from Agricultural Development Ministry.
The Executive Director of NARC, Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung has expressed greeting speech as “today we are celebrating our 22nd birthday; this is real that we have very limited technologies, resources and human powers, however, we are playing significant role in national economy and on the behalf of farmers by developing farmers’ based agricultural technologies in agronomy, horticulture, fisheries and livestock.” The vision of the NARC is to tap institutional, human, and financial resources from the government and a wider spectrum of stakeholders- civil society, research centers, donors, and ultimately the private sector to move the system from agricultural research and development to agricultural research for development. “Moreover we are trying to develop National Agriculture Research System as Dream University Concept to make synergy between research, extension and academics” he added.
NARC launched 12 different publications and honored 5 best farmers, 5 best agriculture journalists, best technical & management staffs, 25th years NARC serviced staffs for promoting the agriculture sector and NARC affairs. Similarly minister of agriculture development, Gharti felicitated 5 agricultural scientists– Dr. Madan Raj Bhatta, Mrs. Sarala Sharma, Dr. Dhurba Bahadur Thapa, Mr. Nutan Gautam and Mr. Deepak Bhandari with a cash prize of Rs. one million and a letter of appreciation for their involved in innovating anti-rust varieties of wheat.
Invited guest G. Ortiz-Ferrara from CIMMYT has commented “Nepal needs to adapt high yielding varieties and more collaboration with other regional and global bodies to meet present and future food requirement.” Agriculture minister, Tek Bahadur Gharti said “NARC needs to lead the agriculture sector and its employees must be competent, the government will also offer the best possible jobs to agriculture scientists to check brain drain. So we are expecting clear vision of NARC in this regards.” Gharti also assured to make Nepal Agriculture Research Council more competitive by bringing it under the Public Service Commission (PSC). “The ministry is committed to change the old recruitment system and add NARC under the purview of the civil servant law to make it more competent institution,” he added.
In the programme, Dr. Prabhakar Pathak urged agriculture scientists to focus on improved seed production for different agro-ecological zoning of the country. Vice chancellor Dr. Kailash Nath Pyakurel from Agriculture and Forestry University has made his speech as “we need to think up as we are land linked country than land locked and our activities should be concentrated to uplift our agricultural development with taking benefits from neighbor countries.”
Three days long “Agriculture Technological Exhibition” is running in NARI Kumaltar Complex till May 10, 2013. There are 38 stalls in exhibition related to agronomy, horticulture, livestock, fishery, and other divisions of NARC. Expo has prime objectives to share information on modern and suitable agricultural technologies to the farmers and to provide opportunities for farmers to meet with agricultural scientists directly with their concerns.