Exploring Possibilities for Scaling Up Allo Products

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A national workshop titled ‘Challenges and Possibilities for Up-scaling High Value Products of Allo (Girardinia diversifolia)’ was held on 3 August 2014 at Babarmahal, Kathmandu. The workshop was jointly organized by the Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Presentations were made by the representatives of all three institutions, including Prof. Ram Prasad Chaudhary (Executive Director, RECAST), Mr Braj Kishor Yadav (Chief, Environment Division, MoFSC), Mr Biswa Nath Oli (Director General, Department of Forest), Mr Yam Bahadur Thapa (Director General, Department of Plant Resource), Mr Hari Bhadra Acharya (Under Secretary, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation), Mr Ananda Bhandari (National Coordinator, KSLCDI), Mr Rajendra Mishra (Deputy Director, Small and Cottage Industry), Ms Anu Joshi Shrestha (ICIMOD), and Prof. Krishna Raj Shrestha (RECAST). They highlighted the importance of sustainable management and product diversification for Allo development. Mr Chandra Kanta Subedi of RECAST served as the master of ceremony at the event, while Mr Bijay Raj Subedee, also from RECAST, took the lead in coordinating the workshop activities. Altogether 60 individuals representing different organizations (government, handicraft associations, Tribhuvan University, Allo traders, entrepreneurs, etc.) actively participated in the workshop. Five papers on the various dimensions of Allo development were presented in two technical sessions. Group discussions were conducted to identify the challenges and possibilities for up-scaling products of Allo. The sessions were chaired by Mr Bishal Ghimire (DoF), Ms Anu Joshi Shrestha (ICIMOD) and Prof. S.C. Singh (Former ED of RECAST). 

The major challenges identified were related to product characterization, collection, processing, product development and diversification, marketing, appropriate technology, sustainable management and policy. Participants said that the demand for Allo products in Nepal and in the international market provides an opportunity for diversifying the product and engaging people in this sector.  The workshop proceedings will be published and distributed to all the stakeholders.