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Nepal prepares Pashmina Export Strategy with EU, ITC support

A pashmina shawl. Photo: Flickr

Kathmandu, March 31

The government of Nepal recently finalised a five-year Pashmina Export Strategy to boost the pashmina business in Nepal.

The strategy was developed as a part of the European Union-Nepal Trade and Investment Programme (TIP), implemented by the International Trade Centre.

A workshop held in Pokhara on March 25 and 26 validated the strategy. The workshop was attended by people representing the entire value chain from fibre production to manufacturing and export.

The participants also discussed the pilot support activities in Mustang planned under the EU-Nepal Trade and Investment Programme to create business synergies between the manufacturers and the goat farmers harvesting pashmina fibre, the EU Delegation to Nepal says in a statement.

“Farmers harvesting the pashmina fibre in the remote parts of upper Himalaya can now look forward to increased support for their endeavours that will result in increased quantity and improved quality of the fibre and most importantly likely higher prices.”

The Pashmina Sector Export Strategy includes a detailed five-year plan of action with a set of activities to provide a solid foundation for the growth of the sector, including the development of backward integration.

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