KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the import of sugar would be halted for time being as there was adequate stock in the country.
PM Oli came of this view at an interaction with sugarcane farmers and sugar mill operators at his official residence, Baluwatar, this evening.
He noted that the decision was made after receiving the complaints from the sugar producers that the domestic production failed to compete with sugar imported from Pakistan and other countries in cheaper prices.
Stating that the farmers were not fetching good price for sugarcane as the locally produced sugar was not being sold, PM Oli argued that the logic behind blocking the import of sugar was to push the sale of internally produced sugar that is stocked in various sugar mills in the country.
PM said, "Even the import of the sugarcane will be halted from the next season. The locally grown sugarcane should not go in vain."
Present in the programme were Minister for Finance Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Yadav and Minister for Agriculture, Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal, among others.