Though the awareness of biotechnology has been low in Nepal but some government institutes and private sector labs have tried to make some in inroads in this sector. The Nepalese government would be setting up a national biotechnology R&D center as the country is predominantly an agriculture nation. The country would be conducting research in the areas of agriculture which includes genetic technologies and tissue culture for selecting and breed improved crop varieties and for conserving the biodiversity of the country. The first biotechnology lab was started in Nepal in 1976 and in 1986 a private laboratory came up. It is expected that development in the filed of biotechnology in Nepal could help it in controlling poverty and preserving its rich biodiversity.