Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, on Sunday, sought assistance from the Uttarakhand-based G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology to modernise agricultural practices in Nepal.
Mentioning that Nepal, which is an agrarian economy, had not been able to modernise its farming practices, Oli, in his address at the university in the Pantnagar area of Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district, said, on Sunday, that while two-thirds of Nepal’s over 29 crore population was dependent on the agriculture sector, the sector contributed to only one-third of Nepal’s economy.
During the visit to Pantnagar, Oli went to the university’s Seed Breeding Production Centre, where he was informed about the process of production of “famous breeds of seeds at Pantnagar”, an official statement by the Uttarakhand government on Oli’s Uttarakhand visit stated.
Oli, who showed interest in organic farming, was also informed about the production of organic seeds, the statement mentioned.
During his address at the university, Oli said, “Two agriculture universities have been set up in Nepal but both are at their initial stages… to strengthen them, there is need for taking assistance from the Pantnagar university. Besides, there is also need to establish a rapport with India and Pantnagar varsity for research and faculty based exchange programmes.”
Oli, who had arrived in the country on April 6 for a three-day visit, reached the agriculture university in Pantnagar on Sunday, where he was conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul.