23rd Sharing Meeting of NNN

ANSAB meeting hall

August 27 , 2004

3 PM to 5.30 PM

Participants  

S/No Name Organization
1. Dr. Udaya Raj Sharma DPR
2. Dr. N. N. Tiwari HPPCL
3. Dr. K.C. Paudel MFSC
4. Mr. A. L. Joshi NARMSAP
5. Dr. Domodar Parajuli MFSC
6. Mr. Bhishma P. Subedi ANSAB
7. Mr. Surya B. Binayee ANSAB
8. Mr. Bhairab Risal NEFEJ
9. Mr. Indu Bikal Sapkota ANSAB
10. Mr. Prem Raj Tiwari GAC
11. Mr. Lal Kumar K.C. HJSS
12. Mr. Francisco Tolentino SNV/Nepal
13. Mr. Bob Nanes BDS-MaPS
14. Mr. Man B. Khatri HJSS
15. Mr. Amleshwar Singh LFP
16. Ms. Bunu Vaidya IUCN
17. Mr. Khilendra Gurung HBTL
18. Mr. Rajendra Lamichhane FECOFUN
19. Mr. C.L. Chowdhary CECI, CMAPSL
20. Mr. Rana B. Rawal BIRD/ EHP
21. Mr. Prakash Sayami CFD, Department of Forest
22. Ms. Sony Baral ANSAB

Agenda

  • Review of 22nd NNN sharing meeting
  • NTFP certification initiative in Nepal and its progress
  • NTFP promotion activities in Nepal: Sharing and updating

Mr. Bhishma P. Subedi, Executive Director of ANSAB welcomed the participants of the twenty third sharing meeting of Nepal NTFP Network. Mr. Subedi made presentation on the NTFPs certification initiative in Nepal. The participants were then called on for making suggestions on NTFPs promotion. All the participants gave their views on royalty and clear specification of cultivated species in Rajpatra to make ease for the producers, specifying cultivated species was realized as an important issue and so requested all to send specific information to ANSAB regarding it.

Policy Issues

Mr. Indu B. Sapkota made recap on NTFP policy issues. He said after the intensive brainstorming, five issues were identified; a) Importance of NTFPs in community forest, b)Royalty issues (fluctuation in royalty ratio), c) In the policy enterprise concept has not included d) Multiple taxes (VDC, DDC etc) e) Ban and release of NTFPs.

Adding to Sapkota, Mr. Subedi said by the brainstorming, a draft was prepared and after that a national workshop was organized in a bid to further review the policy draft, bringing about wide range of consultation from the people working for government in forestry sector. And he added at present focus is given on certification and marketing then widening the focus on cultivation and other side in the future.

Responding to Mr. Man P. Khatri, Dr. Damodar Parajuli said royalty collected by selling products could be used in community forest management and social development by CFUG, which is clearly mentioned in the policy.

Most of the participants requested Dr. Parajuli that the royalty rate of Yarshagumba should be curtailed. At last, Dr. Parajuli considered the participants voice and agreed to make attempt from his side to make royalty Rs. 10,000 per kg.

Mr. Rana B. Rawal said that decreasing the royalty rate would help to sell the Yarshagumba legally in the market, which could increase the revenue.

Dr. KC Paudel added that revenue should be collected from the purchasers but not from the collectors, so that collectors should not be suffered.

Certification

Mr. Subedi made a presentation on NTFP certification initiative in Nepal and its progress. He said that to export the NTFPs of Nepal to the international market, different institution (private & public) are acting. And some other organizations are also helping on non-profit way. Main goal of the certification is to increase the income & employment of the producers. And he added that for Nepal, NTFPs certification guideline has been prepared, which designs CFUG as a pool and FECOFUN as authorized certificate holder. And assessment is to be done by the third party.

Dr. N.N Tiwari said that NASSA is also working in different places, what’s the difference among them, asked Dr. Tiwari.

Responding the question Mr. Subedi went ahead in his presentation and gave an example about the pilot certification program which was started with 6 CFUGs in each two selected districts. These CFUGs were selected according to the certification criteria.

NTFP marketing

Citing the example of HBTL, he said that NTFPs worth equal to 2.5 million $ were sold to the international market in 2004. Though there were many challenges when doing the marketing of the products, he explained, we hope certification will help to some extent in this regard.

Mr. Tiwari queried on the export of product to America, and for this he wanted to know whether certification help for exporting.

Responding to Mr. Tiwari, Mr. Subedi said that it could help the purchaser to know whether the product is from the sustainable managed forest. Adding to Mr. Subedi, Mr. Rawal clarified that now different companies are doing their business in certain product but in the future if the forest is certified it will be easy to sell all kinds of products.

Mr. Bhirab Risal pointed out, when talking about the market we should not be limited to the European and American markets but also see the alternatives like Arabian market.

Responding to Mr. Risal, Mr. Subedi said that Nepali Paper in America cost 6 times more than the cost of products available at local level. He added after certification, it would be easy to advertise the products and simplicity for their marketing.

Citing an example of the Pakistani ambassador advertising Nepali product Dr. Uday R. Sharma said different people working in different interacting fields might advertise that product.

Supporting to Dr. Sharma, Mr. Rawal said that Nepali Ambassadors could play role regarding this.

Adding to above view, Mr. Risal said “why don’t we serve Nepali tea and other products when we organize conference and seminar? This will help to advertise our products” In addition, he said that displaying our products in our ambassador offices could be the strong means of advertising.

Diverting the discussion, Mr. Rawal said that there are numbers of herbal products in the market but most of them are not maintaining the quality. Taking the example of herbal tea, he said that they are packed by putting different chemicals to make it more durable. When we send the product outside the country they need organic packaging, so we have to see many aspect not just only sanitation.

Mr. Subedi requested to those who have such type of facilities to bring and share in the forum, which can help to the companies and members working in this field.

Mr. Khatri opined regarding the royalty that it would be better to promote internal market first then focus to the international market. He added that if the NTFPs royalty could be reviewed in every 2 years it helps to adjust the product selling cost and the royalty rate on time. The discussion would come up to the issue on responsibility of sustainable harvesting of Loth salla in Bajhang.

Mr. Subedi thanked Dr. Parajuli and appreciated the efforts he is doing regarding the matter. He claimed that specifying cultivated spp. of NTFPs, as in case of timbers, would be useful to promote NTFPs trade; there would be no hindrance in taking permits for export.

According to Dr. Sharma, he found in Banglore that 20 species are listed in gazette, in which 99% found in the cultivated land and 1% in the forest. These types of species can be sold with out taking export permit; people don’t have to face difficulties.

Supporting this, Dr. Parajuli explained that workout is under progress for private production

Dr. Paudel said “it depends upon the locality i.e., in some localities some species are totally available in the forest while totally cultivated in others so it is difficult to identify.

Adding on above remarks, Mr. Surya B. Binayee suggested that for knowing the species by localities, it would be possible to take the scheme of species from the farmers.

The meeting was presided over by Mr. Lal Kumar KC, treasurer of Himali Jadibuti Sarokar Samuha.