Nepal-Indo meet on natural medicine kicks off
KATHMANDU: A conference on natural products kicked off here today with the objective of holding joint discussions on the progress Nepal and India are making in herbal and Ayurvedic medicine and health sectors and in the income-generation sector.
Taking part in the three-day conference are entrepreneurs related to herbs processing, production and sale and distribution and researchers from Nepal and India.
At the conference, experts from both countries are scheduled to present working papers on research in herbal medicine and how herbal products could be used in the health sector.
Minister for Science and Technology, Kalpana Dhamala, inaugurated the conference jointly organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and the BP Koirala Nepal-India Foundaion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dhamala stressed the need of further research for making the herbs as a means of income.
She said the government has given top priority for the development of science and technology sector.
Secretary at the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation Nabin Kumar Ghimire said the government has laid emphasis on the biotechnology for further promotion of the natural products.
Ambassador of India to Nepal, Jayant Prasad, underlined the need of joint research for the utilization of the natural resources.
Coordinator of the meeting, Dr. Sameer Mani Dixit pointed out the need of bringing about change in human behavior for promoting the use of natural products.
President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Suraj Baidya said the government should provide extra support to the private sector to increase investment in the production of natural products.
Vice Chancellor of the Kathmandu University Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma said the Kathmandu University has paid attention to the study and research in herbs. RSS