Swiss, US aid for maize production in Nepal`s remote districts
Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011, 20:54
Kathmandu: The Swiss government and the United States have jointly committed USD 5.63 million assistance for improvement of maize production in 20 remote and hilly districts of Nepal.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the official launch of the four-year project aimed at improving food security and increase income of at least 35,000 rural families, particularly poor and disadvantaged farmers, in 20 remote hill districts of Nepal, according to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu.

The project to be implemented by International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) with the support of Nepal government is designed to meet at least 30 per cent of the national maize seed requirement in the hills, support implementation of national seed act and policies, and develop new maize varieties and technologies.

The representatives of Government of Switzerland and US government have separately signed an agreement with the Government of Nepal (GON) today at the Ministry of Finance to finalize funding for the project entitled "Hill Maize Research Project".

SDC has supported the Hill Maize Research Project since 1999, and its support to phase IV amounts to USD 3.63 million. USAID is co-funding phase IV with a USD 2 million grant, bringing the total project assistance to USD 5.63 million.

The project will be implemented in districts where maize is a primary staple crop such as Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindupalchowk, Kavre, Dhading, Syangja, Palpa, Baglung, Gulmi, Jajarkot, Surkhet, Dailekh, Kalikot, Achham, Doti, Dadeldhura, Bajhang and Baitadi.


First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 20:54

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