Agronomy, livestock and horticulture are the three major sub-sectors of agriculture. If we review past developmental efforts of Nepali agriculture, we find that agronomy (a branch of agriculture dealing with field-crop production) was on the top priority in terms of public sector investment and human resource development followed by livestock.
KATHMANDU, Feb 11: While Garima-seed victims run from pillar to post for compensation, the government has formed yet another committee to study the loss of paddy crop suffered by farmers due to use of defective seeds.
PALPA, Feb 3: A famous tourist destination aside, Rampur in Palpa district is proving to be an agricultural zone. Rampur municipality-6 is ahead of the total 10 wards in the production of agricultural produce. Farmers in the village have cultivated banana farming on approximately 40 ropani ( one ropani is equivalent to 5476 square feet).
BHAIRAHAWA, Jan 7: Rohit Kumar Pasi, 37, from Siyari Rural Municipality-4 spends most of time at farm taking care of bananas. When he shifted to banana farming from vegetables last year, he was not sure if it was worthwhile. But even within a year, he finds it more profitable than vegetable farming.
KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The owner of Annapurna Sugar Mill Rakesh Agrawal has informed the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS) that a total of Rs 5 million due amount has been paid to the sugarcane farmers on Thursday and Friday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Sugarcane means raw material for sugar. And, sugar tastes sweet. However, the very sugar these days features the bitter struggle of sugarcane farmers. Yes, the farmers for having been unpaid for years for their harvest sold to the sugar mills are now staging days-long sit-in at the Maiti Ghar Mandala in the heart of the capital.
KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Though one-third time of the 10-year ‘Prime Minister Agriculture Modernization Project (PMAMP)’ launched in 2016 has already elapsed, the fiscal and physical progress of the priority project stands far below the target, raising doubts if the initiative will be able to deliver on its initial promises.
BIRENDRANAGAR, Dec 18: While many farmers are forced to use substandard wheat seeds due to unavailability of quality seeds, improved seeds developed by Agriculture Knowledge Center, Surkhet, is not finding buyers.
KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Ghana Shyam Bhushal has committed to formulate agricultural policies in accordance with changing context and launch the programs accordingly.
In a bid to discuss scientific investigation into ecology-friendly sustainable livestock, the 7th international conference of Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries (SAADC) is taking place in Pokhara from Friday.
Using the sun to dry crops and grain is one of the oldest applications of solar energy in agriculture. These days, solar energy can be used in agriculture in a number of ways. It saves money, increases self-reliance, and reduces pollution. Solar panels can be used to power an irrigation pump which can then be used to pump water for irrigation. Solar dehydrators are another type of solar technology used in the agriculture industry. Solar drying equipment can dry crops faster and more evenly than leaving them in the field after harvest. Solar energy can help farmers reduce their costs and improve their efficiency and self-reliance. That is why many farmers around the world prefer to implement solar technologies on their farms. Solar farming is not only cost effective but also environment-friendly and reliable. Use of solar energy can also be helpful for reducing the drudgery of women farmers.
Nepal is a food deficit country, importing both cereals and high-value agriculture commodities due mainly to slow agricultural growth rates. The government’s commitment to check the country’s ever widening trade deficit by boosting farm production is difficult to achieve unless implementation is improved.
Agriculture needs to be modernized and commercialized to ensure the country’s sustainable food security. This is only possible if we can attract young people to farming. They bring energy, vitality, and innovation into the farming system. They prefer to be engaged in high-tech, high-risk and high-returns agri-ventures like protected agriculture, precision farming, floriculture, poultry, and dairy. In the most adverse and risky situations, young people have extraordinary resilience and ability to cope. So they are an ideal catalyst to change the poor image of Nepali agriculture given their greater possibility to adapt new ideas, concepts and technologies. According to the National Youth Policy 2015, youths are described those between the ages 16-40. Approximately 40 percent of the total population of Nepal falls under this category. This situation can serve as a demographic strength for Nepali agriculture.
KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal on Tuesday has directed Agriculture Research Council to expedite the researches relating to the farmers and their needs.
DOTI, Aug 11: His happiness knew no bounds when Dil Bahadur Kathayat, a farmer from Kumalikot village of Dipayal Silgadhi Municipality, received a jersey cow for free on July 24. He was one among the 20 farmers to make it to the list of beneficiaries as the municipality was distributing cows for free.
KATHMANDU, July 16: The incessant rain during the last couple of days has caused agricultural losses in Province 1 amounting to around Rs 815.47 million, according to a preliminary report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.
It is more than six decades since Nepal started planning process for development. In six decades, nine five-year plans and five three-year plans have been implemented. In case of agriculture, the first long term plan (Agriculture Perspective Plan) was implemented from 1995 to 2015 and the second one (Agriculture Development Strategy) is at its third year of implementation.
KATHMANDU, June 9: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal has said the government had decided to come up with plans for sustainable development of agriculture by classifying farmers.
TAPLEJUNG, May 9: At a time when the government is campaigning to make the nation self reliant on agriculture products by providing farmers with optimum assistance, the farmers of Taplejung have started to face acute shortage of chemical fertilizers.
KATHMANDU, May 4: The government targeted 8 percent economic growth but the projection is somewhere below 7 percent, largely driven by agriculture . Similar will be the fate of the next fiscal year starting mid-July as the growth target announced is even higher.
The latest report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development shows that the import of major crops has increased significantly. We imported rice worth Rs 16.99 billion in first half of the Fiscal Year 2018/19.
In the remote Himalayan districts of Karnali region, policymakers assess that women carry out around 75 percent of the total works in farms and that the work is highly labor intensive. Despite their significant contributions, their safety and health needs are being overlooked. And the women suffer silently.
KATHMANDU, Feb 27: When the news of a farmer named Puran Mahato from Chitwan destroying a ton of cabbage after failing to get more than two rupees per kg was making rounds last month, Nepali students studying agriculture in Israel were shattered. “Is agriculture really a dying industry in Nepal?” they wondered.
KATHMANDU, Feb 22: As part of India-Nepal new partnership in agriculture, the second group of 20 Nepali farmers and agriculture experts are currently undergoing a month long training at the National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) Ghaziabad in India from February 1 to March 2.
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Minister for Finance, Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada, has urged leaders of agriculture cooperative institutions to reduce production cost by increasing the competitive capacity of agro products.
KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Treasurer Gyanendra Lal Pradhan has stepped down from his post over his conversation with media about possible irregularities in Agro Enterprise Center – an agricultural wing of the federation.