World Bank happy with PACT achievements

KATHMANDU: The World Bank Nepal Country Manager Takuya Kamata said he was happy for achievements made by the Project for Agriculture Commercialisation and Trade (PACT) run by the Government of Nepal.

The Ministry of Agricultural Development has been running the project with the support of the Bank since 2009.

The top World Bank official in Nepal visited two sub-projects run under PACT in Banke district on Monday and Tuesday and expressed his happiness for their successes, according to PACT.

Takuya on Monday had monitored Simalghari-based Fresh Hygienic Food Company and Bankatuwa-based Chahana Cooperative Limited on Tuesday.

The Food Company produces, processes and markets hygienic meats while the Cooperative runs a pig farm and sells pig meat.

"I really appreciate your business wisdom to earn enough from pig farming," Tayuka told Chairperson of the Cooperative Krishna Maya Dhakal. The visit became a special occasion as the World Bank top officials also addressed grant recipients during the monitoring, according to PACT officials.

The Cooperative had welcomed the World Bank official by playing traditional panchebajas.

Meanwhile, Tayuka urged the two agricultural enterprises - Fresh Hygienic Food Company and Chahana Cooperative Limited – to work together in order to get more profit.

The monitoring team also included World Bank senior economist Roshan Darshan Bajracharya and senior educationist Mohan Aryal.

Other PACT officials including senior monitoring and evaluation expert Prabhakar Pathak, Surkhet-based Project Implementation Support Team chief Bishnu Sharma and former chief Narahari Prasad Ghimire had also accompanied them.

According to the World Bank Nepal office, the team would also visit other World Bank-supported irrigation and educational projects in the region.