KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has instructed the Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) to make arrangements for immediate payment of dues to the farmers for milk purchases.

Price of cardamom increases threefold

January 7, 2024 10:45 am

ILAM, Jan 7: The price of cardamom has increased by threefold this season, bringing happiness to the farmers. Cardamom is now being sold at the highest price in the past four years.

CHITWAN, Dec 24: Farmers in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality are poised to make bountiful earnings from orange farming alone. More than 450 farmers in the rural municipality are set to earn Rs 100 million this year alone from the sale of oranges, according to the Agriculture Development Section of the rural municipality. The oranges produced by farmers have fetched a good price this year, thus resulting in a huge income.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has disbursed Rs 800 million in subsidies to sugarcane farmers. Out of the total amount earmarked for disbursement in the last Fiscal Year (FY) 2022/23, which amounted to Rs 1.32 billion, the aforementioned sum has been paid in the current FY.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The government has decided to immediately provide the remaining Rs 520 million to be paid to the sugarcane farmers.

MAHOTTARI, Dec 17: Every year, the winter brings with it woe and anger for sugarcane farmers in Terai region.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) has halted allowances and other benefits of the board of directors and staff of the Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) after the state-owned milk supplier failed to clear the dues of the milk producing farmers on time.

LAMJUNG, Nov 26: Farmers in Lamjung, emerging as a cardamom cultivation hub, have garnered Rs 240 million from the sale of cardamom this year, as reported by the implementation unit of the Prime Minister's Agriculture Modernization Project, Lamjung. The revenue stems from the sale of 251 metric tons of cardamom seeds in the district during the fiscal year 2023/24.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Around 43 percent of farmers’ households in Madhesh Province are found to be unable to meet their annual requirement of foods out of the products they grow.

JHAPA, Nov 21: Farmers engaged with commercial farming of marigold flowers in the district have been worried after they did not get an adequate market for their product.

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Farmers are seen picking marigold flowers for decoration during the Tihar festival at Ichangu, Kathmandu.

SYANGJA, Nov 2: Lemon producers in Syangja are facing difficulties in finding a suitable market for their produce this year in contrast to good supplies last year. Farmers here made good supplies of lemons last year, but this time the situation is adverse.

Achham, Sept 13: Farmers here are vigilant at night to protect corn plantations from wild animals. Farmers set up tents in their farmland and stay awake throughout nights to save ripe corn from wild animals.

DAILEKH, Aug 13: Krishna Prasad Jaisi of Bhairabi Rural Municipality-5 in Dailekh spends the whole night on his farm to chase away animals that arrive to destroy the maize crop.

Tomatoes cost Rs 180 a kg in Pokhara

August 6, 2023 15:45 pm

POKHARA, Aug 6: In mid-June, farmers demonstrated by throwing tomatoes on the streets of Kathmandu stating that they did not get a fair price. At that time, farmers had thrown tomatoes on the streets in the capital mentioning that their tomatoes were not sold even at Rs 10 per kg. While in the capital,  tomatoes  were being thrown on the streets. In Pokhara at that time, the retail price of tomatoes was Rs 70 per kg.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: The Janamat Party has demanded the government to provide relief to the farmers suffering in dry areas of Madhesh.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: The government is preparing to dole out relief packages to those farmers whose cattles died due to a lumpy skin outbreak in recent months.

CHITWAN, July 13: Local farmers in Chitwan are facing a significant setback as they were unable to transplant paddy on time due to an extended period of drought this year. The situation worsened when the Narayani Irrigation Project failed to release water on time for paddy plantation, leaving farmers disappointed.

PALPA, June 29: Hybrid seeds have gradually taken over, putting local seeds on the verge of disappearance. Farmers have been lately attracted to cultivating hybrid crops, vegetables and fruits with their relatively high production.

As Nepal prepares for the upcoming paddy plantation season, ensuring the availability of an adequate supply of chemical fertilizers is of utmost impor- tance. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's announcement of 71,000 metric tons of avail- able fertilizers in the parliamentary meeting on Friday is encouraging, but the government must leave no stone unturned in guaran- teeing a consistent and timely supply.

Ensure a fair market for farmers

June 19, 2023 07:30 am

The incident of farmers dumping over 92,000 kilograms of tomatoes in Kalimati on Sunday, as they were unable to sell them even at a meager price of Rs 4 per kilogram, serves as a distressing reminder of the pressing need to establish a fair market for our hardworking agricultural community. Our farmers form the backbone of our nation's economy and are the unsung heroes who work tirelessly day and night to ensure our food security. Witnessing their labor go to waste due to the inability to sell their produce at reasonable rates is truly disheartening.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The government has formed a committee under the leadership of a government secretary to solve the payment problem of sugarcane farmers.

UDAYAPUR, May 14: The prolonged drought has hit the maize planted in the district. Farmers here are worrying over the maize planted at the end of Chaitra.

PHUNGLING, May 3: Highlands in Taplejung received a snowfall coupled with rains on Monday and Tuesday. Ghunsa, Phale, Olangchung Gola and Yanga of Phaktanglung rural municipality witnessed the snowfall. According to Tasi Chhiring Sherpa of Ghunsa, the snowfall occurred in the area last night, too.

KATHMANDU, April 29: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the concerned ministry to address the demands put forth by a farmer of Nuwakot district, who is on a hunger strike demanding to address the problems of farmers.

The King of Fertilizers

April 3, 2023 08:30 am

There are almost no farmers in the world who do not know urea as a fertilizer that they can apply in their agricultural fields, urea fits into most of the land types.

KATHMANDU, March 15: Farmers' associations and organizations including those affiliated to the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have demanded the government to immediately withdraw the decision to cut the subsidy given to farmers for the purchase of fertilizers.

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed to appreciate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day is celebrated advocating for gender equality and exterminating any biases persisting in a societal form. Also, this year, International Women’s Day was commemorated with the shared participation of the majority of countries of the world acknowledging women’s contribution in making this world a better place to live.

BIRGUNJ, Feb 28: Next year too, there will be a shortage of chemical fertilizers again during the paddy plantation season. As the process of purchasing fertilizers is long and takes a lot of time, if the bidding process for purchasing fertilizers is not started immediately, there will be a shortage of fertilizers in the coming mid-July to mid-September period, according to the Krishi Samagri Company Limited (KSCL). The company has received 0.1 million metric tons of chemical fertilizers in the seven months of the current fiscal year 2079/80 which is stored at the Madhesh Province Office Birgunj, Parsa.

LAMJUNG, Feb 26: Farmers of Lamjung have earned Rs 200 million from the sale of cardamom this year. A total of 380 metric tons of cardamom was sold in the district in the year, according to the Prime Minister's Agriculture Modernization Project Implementation Unit, Lamjung.

The Foolish Move to De-finance Farmers

February 22, 2023 07:36 am

The decision by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to discontinue financial subsidies to Nepali farmers is a catastrophic mistake that will undoubtedly further cripple the country's agricultural production. Despite the government's allocation of Rs 8.5 billion for agricultural self-sufficiency programs, the MoF has withheld Rs 8.457 billion of this amount, leaving Nepali farmers to bear the brunt of its imprudence.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Farmers of Chitwan on Friday staged a protest by throwing vegetables on the road of Narayanghat. They staged the symbolic protest arguing that the domestic product is not getting fair price due to vegetables imported from  India. Farmers threw vegetables such as tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkin, pea and other vegetables laden in six tractors on the road.

Snowfall delights farmers in Jumla

January 27, 2023 13:30 pm

JUMLA, Jan 27: The farmers of Jumla are happy as the place has witnessed snowfall for two consecutive days. Farmers are happy because the snowfall is good for the winter crops and apple plants.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he will take initiatives as soon as possible to solve the loan sharking problem.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The government has fixed the minimum support price of sugarcane at Rs 540 per quintal, which is Rs 20 more than the floor price set for the last fiscal year.

MUSIKOT, Dec 3: Kiwi farmers in Aathbiskot municipality in Rukum district had problems in selling their produce despite growing it in abundance. Lack of road connectivity and faraway market made it difficult for them to sell their produce.

TIKAPUR, Nov 6: Every day hundreds of farmers ride bicycles to reach the Indian market and return with sacks of potatoes. At this time, farmers can be seen returning with sacks of potatoes on their bicycles in the border area.

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: Farmers are seen picking marigold flowers for decoration during the Tihar festival at Ichangu, Kathmandu.

GALKOT, Oct 12: Immoderate rainfall has caused loss to the farmers here. The incessant rain has damaged harvest-ready crops in Baglung.

BIRGUNJ, August 16: The Birgunj Metropolitan City (BMC) has decided to provide 10,000 sacks of urea fertilizers to the farmers in Parsa. Chief Administrative Officer at BMC, Laxmi Poudel, and Chief of Province Office of Agriculture Input Ltd, Chandra Prasad Chaulagain, signed a four-point agreement to this regard on Monday.

Farmers relieved with light rain

July 30, 2022 09:35 am

MAHOTTARI, July 30: Light rainfall on Friday evening has finally brought some relief to the farmers looking for a good paddy plantation season.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The number of retailers selling pesticides in Chitwan is rising. As farmers are increasingly relying on the use of pesticides, the number of sellers, too, has grown.

BIRGUNJ, July 19: Even at the end of June, about 30,000 hectares of fields were still empty in Parsa where 80 percent of the planting should have been complete by now. About 17.5 thousand hectares of fields that had been planted with pump sets have cracks. Even though the fields that are left to be planted have been dug up and cleared, the planting has not begun yet. On the other hand, the seeds in the bed are about to dry up and perish. This year, many fields in Parsa have not witnessed planting even in the middle of the planting season.

RAUTAHAT, JULY 17: Farmers of Sarlahi and Rautahat have been left high and dry due to the lack of irrigation in the paddy planting season. Due to the lack of rainfall even in July, paddy saplings have started to dry up in the bed and paddy fields are also drying up.

KATHMANDU, JULY 14: Farmers have been earning good incomes by producing seeds in Chitwan. Farmers of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-14, Patihani, have been earning more than Rs 65 million annually by producing original seeds. Umanath Poudel, chairman of the Advanced Seed Growing Farmers Group, said that the farmers have earned an annual income of Rs 65.36 million by producing paddy, wheat, zucchini, lentils and kidney bean seeds.

ILLAM, JULY 10: Farmers in the eastern part of the district depend on commercial vegetable farming. Although there are occasional problems in selling vegetables, most of the vegetables produced here are sold at high prices.

DOTI, July 3: Farmers in Doti are worried over the shortage of chemical fertilizer. They are bound to transplant paddy despite not having chemical fertilizer.

Three killed in lightning

June 28, 2022 13:00 pm

KANCHANPUR, June 28: Three farmers who went to the field for transplantation of paddy died due to sudden lightning on Monday.

BAITADI, June 28: Farmers are facing problems in transplantation of paddy due to scanty rainfall. Farmers, who used to depend on rain water, are in trouble due to the delayed monsoon season this year.

BANKE, JUNE 25 : Abdul Rais of Janaki Rural Municipality-5 is preparing to transplant paddy in his fields. He is compelled to plant paddy 2-3 days later than planned due to the unavailability of fertilizers. Similarly, Sarif Khan of the same village has not been able to transplant paddy saplings in his fields for the same reason.