China willing to support Nepal’s tourism, agriculture development

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Ratnanagar (Chitwan)

Nov 1, 2017-

China has expressed its willingness to provide support for the development of agriculture and tourism, among other sectors, in Chitwan. 

Speaking in a meeting held at the District Coordination Committee (DCC), Chitwan on Monday, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said China is ready to provide necessary cooperation to develop Chitwan as a tourist city. She also stressed the need for adopting modern agriculture in Chitwan, while giving assurance of Chinese assistance for the same.  

Ambassador Yu also pledged Chinese support for the upgradation of the BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital which was constructed with the Chinese assistance. 

She urged the chief of Chitwan DCC Krishna Kumar Dallakoti to participate in a China Fair taking place in China. 

On the occasion, Dallakoti provided information to the Chinese envoy about the district’s geographical, social and economic situations, while Local Development Officer Krishna Prasad Subedi explained about the infrastructure development and sectors in need of assistance in the district.

Rhinos to be kept in ‘boma’ before gifting to China Visiting Chinese officials, including wildlife experts, discussed with their Nepali counterparts on the transfer of rare one-horned rhinos to China. An eight-member Chinese team, which arrived in Nepal three days ago, toured the Chitwan National Park (CNP) and took stock of the situation, said Mana Bahadur Khadka, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Reserve. 

“We have agreed on dispatch two pairs of rhinos below four years to China within the next three months,” said Khadka, adding that the date for dispatch could differ due to the upcoming tiger census and elections in the country. 

Under the agreement, the national parks in Guangzhou and Shanghai will each be provided with a pair of rhinos. 

Those rhinos will initially be kept in boma, a special enclosure, in Sauraha to make them accustomed to enclosure, said Chief Conservation Officer at the CNP Ramchandra Kandel. 

The animals will be kept in the enclosure for a month under the supervision of 

veterinarian teams from Nepal and China. 

“Once they are convinced that the rhinos could be translocated, we will dispatch them to China,” said Kandel, adding that the Chinese side would bear all the expenses for the process. 

Following a request from the Chinese side, the KP Sharma-led government had decided last year to provide two pairs of one-horned rhinos as gifts to the northern neighbour.

Published: 01-11-2017 07:52

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