November 18, 2018 10:20 AM NPT
By: Krishna Kisi
BHAKTAPUR, Nov 18: Bhaktapur is known as the district of farmers. However, every year this district faces a shortage of chemical fertilizers, mostly during the plantation period. As a result of the shortage, farmers of the district have been facing difficulties in wheat plantation.
Satyamaya Kawaan, a local farmer of Bhaktapur stated that due to the lack of commercial fertilizers during the plantation period, we face a lot of problems. She said the fertilizer woes could be solved if factories of chemical fertilizers are installed in country.
Like in other districts, wheat is the second major crop after paddy. Farmers here still cultivate wheat in a traditional farming style. Not a single cultivable piece of land is left barren. However, wheat farming is not beneficial for farmers since the cost of plugging and harvesting is higher than the income earned from wheat farming.
Another local farmer of Bhaktapur, Rambhakta Kharbuja said, “It’s sad to see our government not show any concern towards the issue.” Instead of selling the wheat local farmers plant them for their own consumption. Local cooperatives used to help farmers for the distribution of chemical fertilizers. But this time those organizations have also claimed to be facing shortage of fertilizers.
Bhaktapur is one of the highly populated districts and comprises of four municipalities. Despite rapid commercialization, Suryabinayak and Changunarayan Municipality sill have enough agricultural lands. Those lands are famous for wheat farming. However, lack of proper irrigation and rapid urbanization is another major problem for the farmers.