Kathmandu, February 3, 2018: In order to implement ‘Cooperative Market Development Programme’ that aims to benefit 14,000 farmers in six districts, the Government of Nepal and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement on 2 February, 2018.
Raghuram Bista, Ministry of Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation Joint Secretary and Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director agreed on the pact at an event held at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu.The government of Nepal and UNDP have decided to contribute $5 million and $2 million respectively. According to a UNDP statement, this five-year program is set to be implemented in Dhading, Nuwakot, Kavre, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, and Chitwan.
Meyer mentioned,“The active engagement and financing from the government show strong commitment, leadership, and ownership of the programme.”
Gopi Nath Mainali, Ministry of Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation Secretary, mentioned that this program’s sole motive is to help facilitate an increase in farmers’ income and economy.The agreement wills to develop and initiate a co-operative market chain of fruits and vegetables to increase farmers’ income and other livelihood opportunities. Through infrastructure development, training and support on farming techniques, marketing, and institutional capacity building, this program will increase the quality, quantity, and consistency of supply of fruit and vegetable production in selected districts. 90 collection centers in municipal and ward levels will also be established in these 6 districts.
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