The 12th National Outreach Research Workshop was held on 18-19 June 2017 at National Maize Research Program (NMRP), Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. The inaugural session of the workshop was chaired by Dr. KB Koirala, Coordinator NMRP, and Chief Guest of the event was Dr. YR Pandey, Executive Director, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). The main objective of the program was to select the on-farm research findings generated and developed by NARC during last three years. Dr. RC Adhikari, Chief of Outreach Research Division, NARC highlighted the objectives of the workshop and welcomed the participants. Dr. YR Pandey inaugurated the workshop and focused on the dissemination of the findings received by on-farm research to the users groups. He also pointed the need of seriousness while preparing research proposals and conducting the on-farm research. Dr. YP Giri, Director, Crops and Horticulture, NARC and Dr. AK Gautam, Director, Planning and Coordination, NARC also expressed their views and suggested to give emphasis on the outcome oriented research. More than 65 scientists, technicians and other officials were participated from different sectors/disciplines. Besides NARC, there was participation from the Agriculture and Forestry University, Ministry of Livestock Development and NGOs namely LI-BIRD and FORWARD.
After inaugural function, two parallel technical sessions were performed where more than 55 research papers and posters were presented. In Day I, Dr. YP Giri chaired the crops and horticulture session and Mr. RK Neupane chaired the livestock and cross cutting session. Similarly in the second day, Dr. AK Gautam chaired technical as well as concluding sessions. He also delivered the concluding remarks giving stress on client oriented need based on-farm research.
Finally, the workshop recommendations from the papers and group discussions were presented by Dr. SL Shrestha, Crops and horticulture group and Dr. HK Shrestha, Livestock and cross-cutting group. The workshop concluded with two dozen of recommendations in crops, horticulture, livestock, fisheries and cross cutting issues.