High tech cooperation : Youths to get hi-tech training on agriculture

KATHMANDU: In cooperation with Israeli embassy in Nepal and Small Farmers Development Bank, about 200 Nepali youths will get hi-tech agriculture farming training in Israel. First batch of 55 youths will leave for Israel in the middle of August, said chief executive officer of the bank Jalan Kumar Sharma. 
The youths selected from small farmers families of Makawanpur and Dhading districts will get on-the-job training there. “The selected youths are dedicated to start hi-tech farming practices in their villages and change the traditional way of doing agriculture,” he said, adding there are hundreds of youths that have been using Israeli technique in agriculture. 

Israeli envoy at Kathmandu believes hi-tech agriculture training given to Nepali youth will change traditional agriculture system in Nepal. Two-third population of the country has been adopting substantive agriculture. It is the real case of poverty, said Hanan Goder, adding training at Arava International Centre for Agriculture Training (AICAT) will turn them toward commercial agriculture. 

Recently adopted Agriculture Development Strategy (2015-2035) has also given emphasis on commercialisation of the sector. It has envisioned to double agriculture productivity in next 10 years and help to generate $2,000 per capita income from the sector in next 20 years. 

Earlier trainee at AICAT has been practicing commercial farming using drip irrigation system in hill districts. “I have been producing seasonal and off-season vegetables in Dolkha and earning handsome money,” said Nawaraj Darji from the district. 

Trainees were not able to use the techniques learned practically. “I tried to use Israeli technique in dairy but couldn’t get required technology here,” said a trainee Bijaya Kattel.

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