Crops and livestock special production zone scheme implemented in 10 districts of Karnali

Published On: April 16, 2024 04:29 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SURKHET, April 16: The Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives has implemented the 'crops and livestock special production zone program' from the current fiscal year.

The program has been implemented in 10 districts of Karnali Province. The program identifies special zones for various productions based on geographical clusters. For the implementation of the program, Rs 100 million has been allocated in the current fiscal year.

According to the information officer at the Ministry, Rambhakta Adhikari, the areas suggesting potentialities for specific crop production and livestock rearing technically were identified and chosen for the implementation of the program. The program aims to seek commercial promotion of agriculture and livestock development.

The program has been implemented as a pilot project in the initial year.

The program includes field-based capacity enhancement training for farmers and supports them in the marketing of the products. Similarly, it carries out knowledge-sharing on the significance of the use of organic fertilizers and the use of biopesticides and biofertilizers among them, and extends other necessary assistance to farmers, it is said.  Likewise, there is a policy of fixing a support price for agricultural produce before farming, according to Adhikari.

The ministry has the goal of conserving and promoting indigenous crops, increasing their production and extending support in their marketization.

Similarly, it is stated that the production and use of organic manure and fertilizers would be promoted. "The government’s policies and programs have included the provision of determining the minimum support price of major agriculture produce before the cultivation of crops," said Information Officer Adhikari.

Likewise, the ministry has stated that the program's objective is also to incorporate agricultural crops, livestock, fishery and agro-forestry-related enterprises. The program also has the goal of promoting agricultural cultivation on uncultivated and unused land as well as of encouraging land plotting for enhancing agriculture production.





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