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Bhairab Raj Kaini

The contributor for Republica.

Think beyond planning

Published On: July 1, 2019 09:49 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

It is more than six decades since Nepal started planning process for development. In six decades, nine five-year plans and five three-year plans have been implemented. In case of agriculture, the first long term plan (Agriculture Perspective Plan) was implemented from 1995 to 2015 and the second one (Agriculture Development Strategy) is at its third year of implementation.

Erratic pattern

Published On: June 16, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Agriculture in Nepal is suffering from years of under-investment, limited research, scant inputs and lack of technology and services for farmers

Failing on agro-trade

Published On: June 2, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

A key priority in Nepal’s effort to expanding agriculture exports should be improve quality of its products by developing standards in line with standards developed by international bodies

Road to commercialization

Published On: May 14, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

If Nepal is to speed-up agricultural commercialization process for both import substitution and export promotion, there is no better way than consolidation of farm lands

Farmers to entrepreneurs

Published On: May 2, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Unless Nepali farmers become entrepreneurs, commercial agriculture will not be sustainable in Nepal

Post-summit challenges

Published On: April 16, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is an effective instrument for promoting sustainable development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Nepal. Realizing this fact, the government of Nepal has organized three investment summits so far. First was in 1992 following the restoration of democracy. The investors attending the summit had pledged investment of approximately $100 million, but only around 25 percent of the pledged amount was realized.

Reducing food loss

Published On: April 2, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Nepal lacks specific policy to address food loss. Most programs focus on boosting agricultural production and increasing farm productivity

Commission of inaction

Published On: February 27, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Two years after National Farmers’ Commission started to work, people are asking why we need such commission when it cannot make necessary policy interventions

Making agriculture smart

Published On: February 3, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

If we are to make smart agriculture program successful, we first need to make our agriculture institutions smart

Raising the yield

Published On: January 10, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Raising yields on existing farmland is the only way forward for high and sustainable agricultural growth

Mechanization challenges

Published On: December 16, 2018 12:25 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Inconsistent government policies, inaccessibility of credit in remote areas and scarcity of machinery are among the major challenges of agriculture mechanization

Revolutionizing agriculture

Published On: November 29, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Nepal aims to achieve a double-digit growth in the next five years. But this won’t be possible without agricultural revolution

Flowers and fruits of Tihar

Published On: November 6, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Tihar is at the doorstep. It is the second biggest Nepali festival after Dashain. Crow is worshipped on Kaag Tihar, the first of the five-day-long festival. Dogs get special treatment on the second day, called Kukur Tihar. On the third day (Gai Tihar), people show their appreciation to cow by garlanding and feeding them. In the evening, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshiped by lighting oil lamps (Diyo).

Hurdles in horticulture

Published On: October 25, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

If Nepal is to benefit from World Trade Organization, it must make horticultural products competitive by removing all the constraints

Why agriculture programs fail

Published On: September 26, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

If we do not ensure effective implementation, even the best of agriculture programs fail. Government needs to assess implementability of new projects beforehand

Nepal’s neglected crops

Published On: September 13, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Maize and soybean are the principle crops for food and feed. Nepalis refer to them as Makai and Bhatmas respectively and makai-bhatmas is traditional tiffin commonly used in the hilly areas of Nepal. Besides, maze is used in many ways for food. Boiled corns, fried corn grains, grilled corns, popcorns, corn flakes are commonly found in Nepali kitchen. Thus corn could be consumed as a breakfast, lunch as well as dinner as there are many ways to cook and serve it.

BIMSTEC and agriculture

Published On: August 23, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

As Nepal is chairing the BIMISTEC Summit, it should take initiatives in developing inclusive value chains of exportable agriculture commodities

Foreign aid in agriculture

Published On: July 31, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Although agriculture is a prioritized sector in policy document and donors are involved in its development, it stands at seventh position to receive foreign aid

Together on agriculture

Published On: July 4, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Nepal should seek Indian support in seed production and marketing, agriculture mechanization and development of agriculture-related infrastructure

Failing on agriculture

Published On: June 17, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Government has decided to set up model agriculture farms in all seven provinces. Will these farms be established and operated in time?