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.
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.
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).
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.