Danish Embassy in Kathmandu and Ministry of Agricultural Development, and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development today signed an agreement to support infrastructure development in seven districts in eastern hills of the country.

The agreement aims at supporting smallholder farmers to take their products to markets under the infrastructure component of UNNATI Programme.

Danish ambassador to Nepal Kirsten Geelan signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with higher officials of the two ministries in Dhankuta today, according to Danish Embassy in Kathmandu.
UNNATI is a new inclusive growth programme supporting the commercialisation of value chains in eastern Nepal. The programme that with total budget of $70 million in December 2013 with support of the Danish Embassy in Katmandu will concentrate in Ilam, Panchthar, Taplejung, Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Terhathum and Sankhuwasabha districts.

About half of the total budget – some $35 million – has been earmarked for infrastructure projects to help remove infrastructural bottlenecks in commercialising agriculture by constructing agricultural roads.

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