Norwegian Minister’s Visit to RMS site at Chaurangefedi, Kavre
Minister of International Development of Norway Mr. H.E. Dag-Inge Ulstein along with the ambassador Mr. H.E. Lasse Bjørn Johannessen and officials from the Royal Norwegian Embassy visited the climate smart village at Chaurangefedi, Kavre on 5 November 2019 under RMS project. The Mayor of the Namobuddha Municipality Mr. T. P. Sharma (Timilsina), DG of the ICIMOD Mr. David Molden, delegates from CEAPRED, ICIMOD, and municipality along with the members from farmers group welcomed the ministers and officials to the model village.
During the visit, the minister observed the locally made liquid fertilizers and pesticides (Jholmal 1, 2 & 3), waste water harvesting ponds, rain water harvesting technique, improved cowshed, soil cement tank, ICT service, IPM tools and alternative energy sources used by the farmers in the area
Ministers, Ambassador and officials from Norwegian embassy on the welcome ceremony
to cope with the existing change in climate patterns. Mr. Johannessen expressed his deep gratitude to the farmers group for their effort in producing safe food and reducing the use of the chemicals pesticides in their production system. He mentioned how farmers adopting simple and low cost technologies are helpful in maintaining the ecosystem and the village is a good example of balanced ecosystem services. He was unable to visit the knowledge park due to time limitations. However, Mayor of Namobuddha Municipality gave him a brief explanation regarding the matter on their way back.
After the minister and the Norwegian delegates returned, Mr. Molden together with ward chairpersons, CEAPRED and the farmers visited the Knowledge Park. He was impressed to see the technologies in the park so well displayed and invited the farmers from Radha Krishna Krishak Samuha to visit the Knowledge Park at Godavari and expressed his interest to develop a similar IPM technology display section on ICIMOD’s Knowledge Park at Godavari.
Farmer explaining about Jholmal during the Norwegian minister visit to Chaurangefedi, Kavre