KATHMANDU, Dec 5: With the aim of technology and skill transfer and bilateral relationship strengthening, the Nepal Japan Dialogue Series II was held at the University of Tokyo on Saturday. The topics discussed at the dialogue series mainly focused on enhancing the subsistence agriculture prevalent in Nepal. Organized by the Nepali Professionals in Japan and supported by the Embassy of Nepal in Tokyo, the dialogue series was attended by around 45 Nepali and 20 Japanese professionals, mostly working in agriculture-related professions.
Nepali Ambassador to Japan, Prativa Rana assured everyone of the embassy's full support to Nepali professionals in Japan and their activities for promoting dialogues on all issues of bilateral interest, read a statement issued by Nepal Japan Dialogue Series.
According to Rana, the issues related to agriculture were discussed with the Japanese authorities during the recent visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who was in Japan in the third week of November.
During the discussions, Kendra Barua, director of City Net, shed light on the current situation of subsistence agriculture in Nepal. Dr Keshav Lal Maharjan, a professor of agro-economics at Hiroshima University talked about understanding subsistence farming in Nepal and shared some thoughts for its enhancement, read the statement. Maharjan also highlighted some agri-business models in Japan and identified a few practical models that could be feasible for subsistence farming in Nepal. Dr Hari Devkota, an assistant professor at Kumamoto University and an expert in Himalayan herbs, talked about the market potential of Nepali herbs in Japan and ways for Nepal to produce quality herbs and sustain its supply for exports.
Managing director of Japan Agricultural In-Service Training Institute (JAITI), Toshikazu Maruyama, founder of Kawaisein Farming Company, Minoru Kawashima, among other experts, also shared their views during the discussions.