Kathmandu, February 15
Hester Biosciences Nepal Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company of Golchha Organisation and Hester Biosciences Ltd India, a leading health care company from India, has opened a new plant at Nala Ugrachandi in Kavre district. Hester Biosciences Nepal is a private sector unit which will be involved in manufacturing animal vaccines.
The new plant was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Addressing the inaugural programme, Prime Minister Oli said, “Nepal is a country where most of the people’s source of
income is livestock farming. The operation of Hester Biosciences in Nala will facilitate farmers in livestock production, which will contribute towards economic growth, increase in household income and urbanisation.”
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada mentioned that this kind of venture that is export oriented will help the
economy in a sustainable way. “We need to prioritise such types of industries.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shekhar Golchha, executive director of Golchha Organisation, said, “The government should give high priority to the promotion of animal healthcare companies in Nepal since the demand of livestock production has been increasing. The government should also support vaccine manufacturing companies to make Nepal self-sufficient in animal vaccine and to eradicate PPR disease in sheep and goats globally.”
Hester has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for products ranging from poultry vaccines to large animal vaccines. The facility has been built as per GMP standards and norms, with an annual capacity to manufacture 1.24 billion doses of live and inactivated vaccines. Currently, the company has got 20 licensed vaccines and 27 vaccines are under licensing process.
A version of this article appears in print on February 16, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.