Govt could not make required investment in agriculture: Minister Yadav

Published On: August 11, 2022 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 11: Agriculture and Livestock Development Minister Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav has said that the government has not made the required investment in agriculture.

Minister Yadav said so on Thursday while accepting a memorandum submitted by the Agriculture Campaign for Food. Minister Yadav said that the government's current investment in agriculture cannot meet the needs.

He said that although Nepal is an agricultural country and most of the citizens are dependent on agriculture, the government has not made necessary investments for the promotion and development of the agricultural sector. He said that farmers are emphasizing chemical fertilizers instead of natural fertilizers. Minister Yadav said that farmers should emphasize organic fertilizers and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers. He said that because of chemical fertilizers, more money has gone abroad and it is necessary to spread awareness among the citizens about the use of organic fertilizers.

The Agricultural Campaign for Food states that the Food Rights and Food Sovereignty Act, 2075 is mandatory in implementing the citizens' fundamental rights to food, food security and food sovereignty as provided for by the constitution, and the regulations should be implemented immediately because of the lack of regulations regarding the implementation of some of the provisions in the Act is causing difficulties.

Similarly, in order to develop organic agriculture according to the organic agriculture promotion foundation, attention has been drawn to make the necessary policy by considering the suggestions recommended by the organic high-level commission. Similarly, the provincial and local governments are getting confused because the federal government has not made an agricultural policy, and urged them to pay attention to the creation of an integrated agricultural policy. Similarly, it has also requested to proceed with the formulation of the Integrated Agriculture Act by covering the basic issues related to agriculture.

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