- Sonysha Thapa
Nepal and the United States of America established diplomatic relations on 25 April 1947. After that, relations took place in a good way. Meanwhile, eighty-two animals were brought by the United States from Nepal 64 years ago. Kathmandu: Amidst long-standing controversy and confusion, the House of Representatives approved the much-discussed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement on the US aid project last month. By the time the MCC was passed, the government had imported seven bulls of advanced breeds from the United States. The bulls were brought from Chicago, USA, on a chartered flight three days later.
Keshav Bhatta has said, “Nepal brought bulls from the United States to increase milk production by improving the breed of commercially bred crossbred cows.” Five of them are from Jersey and two from Holstein. The bull was kept in the animal quarantine for four days at the Khumaltar Breeding Center under the Agricultural Research Center (ARC). Rumors are now circulating that the US will intervene by linking the introduction of advanced breeds of bulls to the MCC. Some have also commented that this is the first time bulls have been imported into Nepal. But this is not the first time that animals have been imported to Nepal from the United States. For this, one has to look at the news published in American newspapers six decades ago. It is mentioned in the news that sheep, calves, and pigs were brought to Nepal 64 years ago by plane.
The Heffer Foundation of America has been sending various breeds of advanced American animals to the world’s least developed countries since 1944. By 1958, Heffer had supplied thousands of animals, including cows, goats, and sheep, to 51 underdeveloped countries.