'Govt should understand farmers' problems’

Published On: June 13, 2022 08:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 13: A member of the House of Representatives Sanjay Kumar Gautam has stressed the need for resolving the surge in the prices of seeds, fertilizers, and petroleum products along with other problems faced by farmers. 

In today's meeting of the House of Representatives, Gautam insists all parties take a similar stance on the shortage of essential items and rising inflation as issues of public importance like these are common in the tenures of any government. Gautam has urged the government to understand the problems faced by the farmers.

Similarly, lawmaker Goma Devkota finds it important to make fertilizers, seeds and books available as farmers have not been able to access fertilizers and seeds while students have not been getting their textbooks either. 

Another member, Parbati Kumari Bishanke says despite the constitution guaranteeing provisions for food security of the citizens, the government has not been able to bring farmer-friendly programs. 

Member of Parliament, Laxmi Kumari Chaudhary said that it was an insult to the farmers for not being able to access fertilizers, and seeds in an agriculture-oriented country. She said even though the government had made it a rule forbidding to keep land fallow, the occurrence of a shortage of fertilizers for farming has become a dialectical subject. 

Lawmaker Mohan Kumar Pandey, who believes that all possible measures to make fertilizers must be explored, said in the meeting that the people should be allowed to import fertilizers even at the cost of reducing the customs duty to zero. He expressed the view that the former agriculture ministers should explain why they did not set up a fertilizer factory and only insisted on importing fertilizers in the past.

Other members — Niru Devi Pal, Naradmuni Chaudhary and Kalina Khatun — emphasized the need to rise above politics and resolve the shortage of fertilizers. 


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