Monday, March 10, 2008

Agriculture: Nepal and New Zealand sign barley agreement

Nepal and New Zealand have signed an agreement to improve household incomes by producing barley crop for fodder, which is useful for livestock.

According to the National News Agency RSS, Executive Director of Nepal Agricultural Research Council Nanda Prasad Shrestha and New Zealand's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Keith Armstrong signed the documents to this effect.

Barley can be grown in both summer and winter and improves animal health, fertility and milk yields.

Nepali farmers will be trained on producing its seeds and the farming methods with an objective of helping alleviate poverty and will be publicized through media, the RSS said.