GILGIT: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal has agreed to help the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) government in formulating 'agriculture policy'.
"ICIMOD will extend full support to GB government in formulating agriculture policy," said a press release issued from the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Saturday.
The understanding was reached during a meeting of GB Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman with ICIMOD chief Dr David James Molden in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The GB chief minister is on an official visit to Nepal to learn the best practices adopted by the country in agriculture. It is his first visit to Nepal after becoming chief minister in July 2015 following Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) landslide victory in June 8 elections.
The ICIMOD's willingness has come days before the GB government formally launches a multi-million agriculture development project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Advisor to CM Farooq Mir said ICIMOD would alsoprovide technical assistance in setting up early warning systems in Bagrote and Hunza valleys.
"CM Hafeezur Rehman has sought Nepal-based ICIMOD's help to install early warning system in flood prone areas of the mountainous region," he said, adding the chief minister also sought experts help in conservation of unique species of cow locally known in GB as "Yalk".
Mir said ICIMOD also assured the CM of its willingness to work with Karakoram International University on hazard management and glaciers.
He said the GB government would extend full cooperation to all the organisations working in GB. -- APP