12nd Sharing Meeting of NNN

 September 17, 2001

The twelfth sharing meeting of Nepal NTFP Network (NNN) was held on September 7, 2001 at ANSAB office, Baneshwor Kathmandu. The meeting was held in an informal setting, and NNN Coordinator Mr. B. P. Subedi facilitated the meeting process.

Those who participated in the meeting were:

  1. Amrit Lal Joshi, NARMSAP
  2.  Arjun Dhakal, NEFEJ
  3.  Bhairab Risal, NEFEJ
  4.  Bhishma P. Subedi, ANSAB
  5.  Brian Peniston, TMI
  6.  Chhabi Lal Paudel, SSMP/Helvetas Nepal
  7.  Dhatri Subedi, NEFEJ
  8.  Gobinda Ghimire, SEACOW
  9.  Gyan Lal Shrestha, GEM Nepal
  10.  Hari P. Dhungana, ANSAB
  11.  Kamala Gurung, TMI
  12.  Ken Nicholson, SNV
  13.  Kusum Praja
  14.  Madhup Dhungana, New Era
  15.  Maksha Ram Maharjan, CARE- Nepal
  16.  Meena, HICAJ
  17.  Pratap Man Singh, FAO- Nepal
  18.  Prayag R. Tamrakar, TISC/NARMSAP
  19.  R. C. Lamichhane, Students Educational Institute
  20.  Rana B. Rawal, BanUdyam/ New Era
  21.  Shiva Shankar Neupane, NAF
  22.  Urmila Simkhada, Freelancer

AGENDA

  1.  Briefing on updates of operational policy;
  2.  Briefing on task force on royalty rates;
  3.  Briefing on task force for technological information;
  4.  Sharing on NTFP activities my members; and
  5.  Any other issue raised or suggested by participants

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE MEETING

Mr. Bhishma Subedi welcomed the participants to the twelfth sharing meeting of NNN. He briefed on the agenda for the meeting, and noted the presence of three journalists in this meet.

1. Introduction among participants. As there were some new faces among the participants, a brief introduction of the participants was made.

2. Briefing on Updates of NNN Operational Policy. Mr. B. P. Subedi briefed on some fine changes in the NNN Operational Policy made through wider consultation. He explained that roles of sharing meeting (SM) and management committee (MC) have been clarified in the Policy. He also shared that the change involves someone is required to attend at least 5 sharing meetings to be eligible for the management committee.

3. Sharing on Task force for NTFP Royalty. Mr. Bhishma Subedi shared that the task force has listed the existing rates, and collected the rates suggested by organizations, such as HPPCL, ANSAB, etc. It is noted that the task force proposed a set of criteria and scoring system to determine the royalty rates for the NTFPs. The prevailing royalty rates are being reviewed, and final version will be shared later.

Mr. Subedi also shared some other developments on NTFP royalty. Meeting of Himali Jadibuti Sarokar Samuha (HJSS) made intensive discussion on royalty issue and suggested the government to reduce royalty rate for yartsha gumba (Cordyceps sinensis) to Rs. 5000/kg.

4. Sharing on Technology Task Force. Ms. Sama Shrestha briefed the participants of the developments in Technology Task Force. The Task Force is reviewing the present source of technological information, and has identified the need for establishing a technological resource center.

5. SHARING OF NTFP ACTIVITIES

  1.  Dr. Gyan Lal Shrestha shared on activities of Green Energy Mission (GEM) Nepal on Bel (Aegle marmelos) jam making and above ground petroleum experience. They provided training to college students to transfer technology in herbal medicinal plants to convert unused resources into economy. In some places, GEM has promoted Bel Development Groups for systematic collection and improved use of wild edible fruits of bel and a nursery was established near Kohalpur to promote plantations across homesteads to public lands.
  2.  Ms. Kamala Gurung shared that Allo Convention was held among NARC Pakhribas Research Center, TMI and DFOs and constituted a committee for systematic documentation of initiatives on allo management, conservation, marketing or trade. It was considered that NARC would be involved in research, while Didibahini would be involved in marketing of allo products.
  3.  Mr. Bhairab Risal shared that the Department of Forests used to publish NTFP information until three years back, but it has now been discontinued. The government also allocated funds for research on yartsha gumba through allocation in the Red Book. It is not known of the outcome- and there is doubt whether something was done. Similarly National Planning Commission was associated to research in Srikhanda that is found in Bajhang and Gorkha.He suggested that a task force should be made to look after and follow-up matters of government initiatives and to provide timely suggestions and feedback as might be necessary.
  4. Maksharam Maharjan shared that CARE Nepal has made some initiatives in NTFP sector in districts of Salyan, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Banke, Bardia, Kailali and Dang. He informed that 54 FUGs in Salyan collected 774 metric tonnes of resin last year giving Rs. 2.2 million of royalty. He added that CARE also held NTFP training this year.
  5. Mr. Amrit L. Joshi expressed that we have been talking of promoting NTFP, but the efforts are not yet been successful. He shared that NARMSAP allocated funds for NTFP development, but district forest offices have not been able to properly use it. We all would be required to find out ways how to track the HMG to streamline activities on NTFPs.
  6. Mr. Prayag R. Tamrakar shared that TISC has supported a research on seabuckthorne mid-west district of Dolpa. A faculty member from Tribhuwan University is involved in this work, and would receive a report thereof in six weeks.
  7. Mr. Gobinda Ghimire shared that exploring market is a Herculean task. They have worked with Chepang communities in Chitwan district, and have contributed to employment and income generation for the Chepang people. They have a business structure in which profit on local resource through national or international trade streamlines to the grassroots people. This SEACOW/Alternative Herbal model may be of use to other NNN members. 
  8. Rana B. Rawal shared some of the organizations exaggerate on the market values of NTFPs. That unduly increases expectations of communities, which later on happens to be problems to development organizations. He pointed out the need to disseminate proven information to the communities. He further shared that BanUdyam/New Era promoted Nepal NTFP Producer Cooperative in Banke and Bardia so that local initiatives on NTFP could be consolidated. 

6. MISCELLANEOUS

  1.  Suggestion. Some of the participants realized that sharing meeting is quite important, and its frequency should better be increased.
  2. Information. Mr. Bhishma Subedi informed that Institute of Forestry requires a faculty to lecture on subjects concerning NTFPs. Anyone interested may contact Prof. A. K. Das, the Dean.