September 28, 2017, Chitwan. FORWARD Nepal organized three days training from 25-27 August 2017 to journalists on agriculture reporting in Chitwan. The programme was organized in collaboration with Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Chitwan section to enhance the capacity of journalists for better reporting of the technical issues in the agriculture sector. There were 17 participants from national and local media house involving print, audio and audio visual media.
The programme was facilitated by Dr. Tanka Upreti, Nepal Television and Mr. Govinda Sharma, Krishi TV, Kathmandu. Technical and policy matters were shared by experts and professionals from different agencies. Dr. Keshab Babu Koirala, Coordinator, National Maize Research Programme; Dr. Nava Raj Devkota, Professor, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU); Dr. Kalyani Mishra Tripathi, Associate Professor, AFU; Dr. Til Chandra Bhattrai, Coordinator, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Dr. Ujjal Tiwari, Planning Director, FORWARD Nepal; Dr. Dilli Ram Sedai, Senior Livestock Development Officer, District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), Chitwan; Mr. Dhan Bahadur Thapa, Horticulture Development Officer, District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), Chitwan; Mr. Mitra Raj Dawadi, Former president, Seed Entrepreneurs' Association of Nepal (SEAN); Mr. Basanta Ranabhat, Executive Director, Ecological Service Centre (EcoSC), Ms. Ashmita Pandey, Programme Officer and Mr. Rishikesh Dhakal, Programme Manager, FORWARD Nepal facilitated the technical and policy issues depending on their proficiency. The training emphasized the agriculture related matters that can be highlighted by mass media in Chitwan. Participants having experiences of more than a decade in Chitwan and reporting in local and national media shared that it's the new initiative taken by FORWARD Nepal in journalism sector, which was never happened before, and thankful to all the organizers for this innovative work.