Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Training program for hand woven wool carpets in Nepal
Training program for hand woven wool carpets in Nepal
07
Sep '12
Justin Luther, assistant professor of Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently spent three weeks in Nepal assisting the Ministry of Agriculture in its efforts to improve Nepal's sheep breeding program.   

Hand woven wool carpets are the major export commodity of Nepal, generating $86 million in U.S. dollars each year. Nepal is home to 0.8 million sheep, but only a small percentage (4 percent) are carpet wool-producing sheep, specifically a native Bhyanglung breed. The majority of the sheep in Nepal (64 percent) are a Baruwal breed. The lack of carpet type wool sheep has forced the country to import much of the wool necessary to produce carpets. Nepal needs to increase their production of carpet wool to meet the mandatory World Trade Organization provision that eight percent local raw material be used to make the carpets if they are to be marketed as Nepalese. 
 
The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) in the Ministry of Agriculture developed a plan to cross breed the Baruwal sheep, which are plentiful, with carpet wool exotic breeds from Australia. Crossbred rams produced on the government farms would then be distributed to thousands of small farms across the country.  
 
The DLS purchased frozen semen from Australia, but lacked staff expertise in artificial insemination (AI) techniques to initiate the breeding program. Winrock International, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, brought Luther to Nepal to conduct the AI training. 
 
The training program was conducted on a DLS farm in Pokhara, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu and the second largest city in the country. Luther covered all aspects of reproductive management and artificial insemination in sheep, including both laparoscopic and cervical insemination techniques. Laparoscopic equipment is not readily available in Nepal, so prior to his trip Luther researched and purchased the equipment and left it with DLS officials. 
 
Some 25 individuals participated in the training, including veterinarians, para-veterinarians, and animal science professionals from across the country. Luther followed the week-long training session with a second more intensive session to a select group of junior veterinarians, held in the Rasuwa District of Nepal. Luther said the goal was "to have a group become very proficient in the techniques and able to serve as an ongoing resource for veterinarians across the country. " 
 
Near the end of his visit Luther spent time at the Ministry of Agriculture in Kathmandu where he shared his perspective of the sheep industry, and compared and contrasted the industry in the U.S. and Nepal.  Nepal, a country the size of Pennsylvania, has just under one million sheep, most used for meat production; in contrast, the entire U.S. has only six million sheep. 
 
"It was an awesome experience from a sheep production perspective and the people were very hospitable," said Luther. "Visiting the government farms, with their diverse operations, and being present for the festivities in honor of Buddha's birthday were two highlights of my trip."

University of Wisconsin-River Falls


Must ReadView All

Japan’s JICA promoting energy-saving devices in Bangladesh

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Feb 2018

Japan’s JICA promoting energy-saving devices in Bangladesh

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is promoting use of ...

China’s JD.com announces financing pacts for JD Logistics

Textiles | On 21st Feb 2018

China’s JD.com announces financing pacts for JD Logistics

China’s largest retailer JD.com Inc recently announced it has entered ...

Courtesy: Indorama Ventures

Textiles | On 21st Feb 2018

IVL 2017 revenue up 17% y-o-y to $8,438 million

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) has reported revenue...

Interviews View All

Nishank Patel
Shri Dinesh Mills Limited

Broad range of fabrics will sell well this financial year

Sunil Rathore
Lacoste India

‘New vendor is welcome if he offers cost, quality and timely delivery’

Cyril Pereira
Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

'Major problem in the textile machinery manufacturing industry is the lack ...

Vikas Banduke

Softech Controls Private Limited (SCPL) is a part of the Cotmac Group, an...

Harsh Shah

Fynd is the central online shopping destination for fashion, offering...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

February 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
70.6%
No
12.7%
Skip
16.7%

Total Votes: 102

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.7%
No
29.4%
Skip
6.9%

Total Votes: 102

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
88.2%
No
8.8%
Skip
2.9%

Total Votes: 102

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
83.3%
No
7.8%
Skip
8.8%

Total Votes: 102


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search