Iodine Month in offing

KATHMANDU: Salt Trading Corp Ltd (STCL) is celebrating the month of February as ‘Iodine Month’ to create awareness for the use of iodised salt. STCL has been celebrating February as the iodine month since 1998 creating awareness on use of iodised salt, sates a press release. During the entire month, STCL plans to organise various awareness programmes at schools, villages, mass gatherings and so on, adds the release. — HNS

Coffee farmers’ woes

MAKWANPUR: Farmers of Hatitya and Harnagadhi VDCs east of Makwanpur are worried because of lack of market for their products. Farmers in the region started cultivating coffee three years ago with financial assistance from the district development committee. Coffee has been cultivated on about 10 bighas of land in Hatiya producing 500 kg of coffee. A kg of coffee costs Rs 120 in the market. Farmers are worried as coffee plants are rotting. — RSS

Waling fest on Feb 6

KATHMANDU: Waling Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Syangja is organising ‘Waling Festival- 2063’ on February 6-10 in Waling Bazar. Different agricultural, industrial and handicraft products of this region will be showcased in the festival that is expected to boost trade activities, as well as raise tourism awareness. — HNS

Cathay Pacific’s GSA

KATHMANDU: Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair signed the General Sales Agency (GSA) Agreement with Amravati Travels Pvt Ltd at a function here on Wednesday. Amravati Travels has represented Cathay Pacific as their GSA in Nepal since 1978 and was previously Passenger Sales Agent for Dragonair. Following the integration of Dragonair with Cathay Pacific in September 2006, Cathay Pacific decided to appoint Amravati Travels Pvt Ltd as their representative in Nepal. — HNS

Herbal farming

HETAUDA: Herbal farming will be developed in Makwanpur by formulating a long-term strategy for its development. Local Development Fund and Makwanpur committed at the meeting of government and NGOs affiliated with herbal farming. — RSS