Wildlife farming is the Nepal government's latest strategy for conserving animal species. Fresh avenues have been opened for farming, breeding and research of high-value wild species under the country's new Wildlife Farming, Reproduction and Research Policy.
Since parliament stands dissolved, the only option to establish a law to this effect was by an ordinance. The government started issuing licences for wildlife farming immediately after promulgating the policy. After six months of issuing licenses, the government is now working to write proper legislation. In order to encourage researchers and conservationists to undertake wildlife farming, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has already granted permission for farming and research of rhesus monkeys, snakes and vultures.
Under the new policy, the DNPWC would provide seed animals (initial set of animals bred at the start of the project) for farming and breeding. The government's fee ranges from US $69 to US $555 per animal depending on the species. The policy also stipulates that a regular and effective monitoring mechanism be put in place to ensure that there is no illegal activity. Wildlife experts have welcomed the new initiative.