Few Nepali officials attend SAARC agriculture ministers’ meet

New Delhi, March 5:

A conference of SAARC agriculture ministers, officials, scientists and farmers began here today. However, only a few Nepali officials associated with agro-cooperatives are attending the conference.

Inaugurating the conference, Indian Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar said agriculture research and development were a must to eradicate hunger and poverty from the SAARC nations. Pawar said that 60 per cent of the people in SAARC nations were dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.

Pawar said India had enough agricultural universities and reaserch institutes and urged the governments of the member nations to derive as much benefit as possible from these institutions. He also laid stress on the need to enlarge the volume of trade among SAARC nations.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Pampha Bhusal, who is in New Delhi to attend a conference of South Asian ministers on social development, said today that the CPN-Maoist would strike an electoral understanding with the republican section of the Nepali congress for the April 10 CA polls.

“The time has come to forge electoral alliance with other parties, but as far the Nepali Congress is concerned our party will align with its republican section only,” Bhusal said. She said that nationalists, republicans and leftists could forge an electoral understanding, adding, “We have fielded candidates with all such possibilities in mind.”