Nepali fruits and vegetables have high market scope in Japan: seminar

Kathmandu, Jan 3. Fruits and vegetables such as apple, orange, ginger, onion, rice, pulses, potato, ripe pumpkin and green vegetables can be exported to Japan with a good quality, according to the conclusions drawn by a two-day seminar of the agro-based economists on 'development of food marketing system in the Indian Subcontinent and its possibilities of trade links with Japan' held recently.

The seminar was jointly organised by Natural History Museum of Tribhuwan University, Hiroshima University, the Open University of Japan and Nepal Development Research Institute.

The intellectual and economists from Nepal, Japan, India and Bhutan presented 17 various proposals during the seminar.

Keshab Lal Maharjan, Professor of Hiroshima University, said if quality of food could be ensured in Nepal as per the Japanese standards, such products could be marketed in Japan.

For such quality, the concerned authority should maintain the proper mobilisation and functioning of the food market system in Nepal.

'As the price and the quality control mechanism of food marketing system is the prime police dynamics, it should be maintained giving actual market price for the farmers.' He added Pro. Maharjan said, 'the government has to make policy for food livelihood and food security.'

He added, 'As Nepal has been heading towards the right direction of agro-based industry, Japan wants to interlink its trade with Indian Subcontinet including Nepal.'

Pro. Akinobu Kawai and Pro. Hisataro Horiuchi of the Open University of Japan, Pro. Toshihiro Tsukihara of University of Fukui, Pro. Hiroji Fujishima of Tokyo University of agriculture, and Binu Sundas of Delhi University, Dorgi Rinchen, agricultural marketing coordinator from Bhutan, Basu Dev Kaphle, senior agriculture economist from Nepal including Pro. Maharjan, presented their papers in the seminar.

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