Value ad­di­tion of fruits in pro­duc­tion catch­ments in SAARC Coun­tries

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Im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies from six SAARC Mem­ber States of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pak­istan and Sri Lanka met in Thim­phu and Paro on 4-5 Oc­to­ber for the com­bined meet­ing of the project, post-har­vest man­age­ment and value ad­di­tion of fruits in pro­duc­tion catch­ments in SAARC coun­tries. The meet­ing re­viewed the sta­tus of project im­ple­men­ta­tion in each of the par­tic­i­pat­ing Mem­ber States and agreed on the way for­ward for en­hanc­ing the im­pact of the project in the SAARC re­gion. The meet­ing also de­lib­er­ated on chal­lenges, is­sues, work plan, sus­tain­abil­ity, rev­enue gen­er­a­tion model, pend­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, com­ple­tion dead­line and re­view of tech­nol­ogy adopted by the im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies for value of fruits. The USD 4.9 mil­lion project is funded by the SAARC De­vel­op­ment Fund. The im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies also vis­ited the Na­tional Post-Har­vest Cen­tre in Paro, on 5 Oc­to­ber.

Dur­ing the meet­ing Dr. Su­nil Moti­wal, CEO, SDF said, “SDF be­ing the um­brella fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion of SAARC, is fully com­mit­ted to pro­mote re­gional in­te­gra­tion and to pro­mote the wel­fare of the peo­ple of the re­gion. I am con­fi­dent that the SDF funded Post-Har­vest Man­age­ment project will bring change in the lives of the peo­ple and also bring syn­er­gies among the Mem­ber States on knowl­edge shar­ing on post har­vest and fruit pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

Par­tic­i­pants of com­bined meet­ing of Coun­ter­part Agen­cies and Post Har­vest project of SDF.

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