HICAST turns seven

KATHMANDU: Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) held an interaction to mark its seventh anniversary. Dr Nanda Prasad Shrestha, executive director of Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) stressed the need of public private partnership for promoting agriculture education and research. Dr Rewati Raman Shrestha, chief of community livestock development programme, highlighted the role of agriculture in economy, particularly livestock and dairy industries. Similarly, Dr Vinayak Prasad Rajbhandari, chairman of HICAST, said the college would continue to expand its activities at providing quality education on agriculture and food technology. — HNS

Milk cooperative

SARLAHI: A cooperative powder milk factory at Lalbandi of Sarlahi is going to be established. Of the Rs 480 million needed for the factory, the government would provide Rs 110 million and the rest would be collected from the dairy cooperative institution. Farmer Sitaram Dahal said the factory planned at the centre of 11 districts will solve the problem of milk holiday and will utilize milk that is currently being wasted due to the lack of processing plants. — RSS

Dragonair’s help

KATHMANDU: Dragonair — part of Cathay Pacific Group — on Monday as collected two million Hong Kong dollar from staff to support earthquake relief work in China. “While staff raised one million HK dollar, the company matched the donation with an equal amount that will be sent to the Hong Kong Red Cross China Relief Fund,” it states. — HNS