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Her Excellency inaugurates Strawberry Processing Enterprise


Nuwakot, 17 June 2012 - Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, inaugurated Nawabihani Strawberry Processing Enterprise operated by Nawabihani Agriculture Multipurpose Cooperative Limited amid a function at Okharpauwa, Nuwakot on 14 June.

Prior to this, she observed a mini expo organized by Nawabihani Agriculture Multipurpose Cooperative at Oharpauwa and interacted with the entrepreneurs promoted by Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), UNDP. She also handed over a computer set and strawberry processing equipment to Mr Kanchha Man Tamang, chair of the cooperative.

Speaking on the occasion, she expressed happiness over the progress in the economic and social fronts made by the micro-entrepreneurs promoted by MEDEP.

Dr Lakshman Pun, National Programme Manager (NPM) of MEDEP, spoke on the need for using the information and communication technologies (ICTs) for enhancing the quality of products and establishing market linkages for the hassle-free sale of goods and for getting the better price. He urged the entrepreneurs to receive training in operating the computer and using Internet. He added that MEDEP would focus on building the capacity of its entrepreneurs in order to enable them to benefit from the ICTs.


Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, inaugurates Nawabihani Strawberry Processing Enterprise at Okharpauwa, Nuwakot on 14 June 2012.

Her Excellency also visited Kakani Health Post, observed the health services and interacted with the members of the management committee and female community health volunteers in the morning.

In the afternoon, she met with the Chief District Officer, Local Development Officer and Chief of District Police of Nuwakot and inquired about the situation of the district in general and about the impact of the work of MEDEP in particular. Then she observed a mini expo organized by the District Micro-entrepreneurs' Groups Association (DMEGA) at Bidur. She watched every product with a keen interest, bought some products and interacted with the exhibiting entrepreneurs for quite some time.


Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, (third from left with white shirt) poses for a group photograph following an observation of a mini expo organized by the entrepreneurs at Bidur, district headquarters of Nuwakot on 14 June 2012.
On 15 June, Her Excellency visited a hosiery enterprise at Katunje in Rasuwa district. She observed every product with an interest and interacted with the weavers. Expressing happiness over the success of the enterprise, she asked the entrepreneurs to diversify their products and explore markets. After that the ambassador visited Kalikasthan Community Hospital, observed the birthing centre and interacted with the officials of the hospital management committee and the female community health volunteers.

In the afternoon, she met with the Chief District Officer, Local Development Officer and Chief of District Police of Rasuwa and inquired about the impact of the work of MEDEP on the lives of the poor people and about the situation of the district in. Then Her Excellency visited the District Hospital and interacted with the employees of the District Health Office.

On 16 June, she visited Gatlang, a highland Tamang community in Rasuwa district, and observed home stay promoted by MEDEP and also interacted with the entrepreneurs. Her Excellency stressed on the need for improving the hygiene and sanitation of the community and asked MEDEP to provide additional support for it. She also said that she would make her best efforts to promote the home stay tourism in the village.

The same morning, the ambassador also participated in an expo organized by the DMEGA Rasuwa and keenly observed various products including Shyama Panga and other woollen products. She also interacted with the entrepreneurs. She said that she was quite happy with the enterprises pursued by the poor rural women who have been able to revive and sustain their culture through the production of their traditional costumes. Then she visited Syaphrubesi Area Health Post, observed the health facilities and interacted with the members of the health post management committee and female community health volunteers. After that her team visited the sub-health post at Ramche VDC and Her Excellency interacted with the female community health volunteers. Soon after that she observed vegetable enterprises in Ramche and interacted with the entrepreneurs. Then the tem visited Wintergreen Essential Oil Distillation Plant at Syaubari and Her Excellency interacted with micro-entrepreneurs.

On 17 June, Her Excellency observed Nuwakot Community Eye Centre and Trishuli Hospital and interacted with the members of the management committee and women community health volunteers.

She then interacted with the members of a women's cooperative in Bidur, the district headquarters of Nuwakot. After that she visited women cooperative in Battar and interacted with each members about their enterprise supported by the cooperative. After lunch she visited Devighat and observed the Dhaka enterprise and interacted with the entrepreneurs.

On the last leg of her tour, Her Excellency visited Ratmate, observed vegetable enterprise, interacted with entrepreneurs and inaugurated Ratmate Water Reservoir for Irrigation at Ratmate amid a function. In her inaugural speech, she expressed satisfaction over the progress made in mass scale vegetable production, and highlighted the need of irrigation for further expansion.

Her team comprised Ms Tara Gurung, Country Manager, AusAID; Dr Lakshman Pun, NPM, Mr Kiran Paudyal, Micro-enterprise Specialist, Ms Sarita Dhaubadel, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mr Ram Sharan Sedhai, Communication and Documentation Specialist of MEDEP, and Mr Kevin Tse, Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.




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