KATHMANDU: Gham Power Nepal successfully conducted Digi Krishi, a one-day programme, in Kathmandu, on September 16.
More than 85 persons including representatives of various private organisations, government and non-government organisations, universities, agricultural and technical students, as well as various mediapersons attended the programme.
At the beginning of the programme, Abarta Pandey, Head of Agri Services at Gham Power Nepal thanked all the participants and highlighted the purpose of the programme. The programme was divided into two parts speaker’s presentation and a panel discussion.
Kiran Timilsina, Agri – Analytics Officer at Gham Power Nepal, discussed the current state of agriculture in Nepal, digitisation in agriculture, policy issues, the projects being conducted by Gham Power in the digitisation of agriculture and the challenges being faced by the company.
In the programme, Sabina Manandhar and Amar Thing, the service recipients of Gham Power Nepal, shared their experiences with Agri technology.
In the second phase of the programme, a panel discussion was held among five speakers from different fields. The panel discussion was moderated by Hardik Sapkota, Agriculture Officer at Gham Power Nepal. During the panel discussion Hira Kumari Thandar, Chief Manager and Head at Loan Department of Forward Microfinance Laghubitta Bittiya Sanstha, said that apart from credit investment, they are working closely with farmers. She said that when farmers who take loan for agricultural purposes from Forward Microfinance do not have to pay back loan within one month. She said that the loan can be paid after the produces are sold in the market.
Likewise, Huma Neupane, Director at the Directorate of Research and Publication under Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), said that digital agriculture-related courses will be developed and implemented as soon as possible at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The third speaker, Anil Regmi, CEO and Co-Founder of Smart Krishi Nepal and Manager of krishibajar.com, pointed out the fact that there is competition ongoing between private, government and non-government organisations instead of coordination.
On the occasion, senior soil scientist at International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) Yam Kanta Gaihre discussed in detail the digital soil map made by Nepal and the use of this map. Speaker, Shiva Nanda Shah, Head of Geographic Information System (GIS) and IT branch under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, informed that the government has been digitising the agriculture sector.
After the panel discussion, Pandey, Head of Agri Services at Gham Power Nepal, presented token of love to the panel speaker and other speakers.
All the participants agreed that digitisation will play an important role in agricultural development by playing a non-competitive and coordinating role among all concerned organisations for agricultural development in Nepal.