Shifting paradigm in farming

March 16, 2020 10:20 am

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 18: The Department of Commerce Supplies and Consumer Protection has slapped a fine of Rs 3.12 million fine on various importers and traders of Garima seeds.

Investment climate: Good or bad?

February 11, 2020 08:40 am

Nepal needs to take advantage of emerging favorable investment climate to boost private investment from both domestic and foreign investors for accomplishing its target

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.

Benefits of soilless farming

February 9, 2020 11:15 am

The challenges facing soil-based agriculture led to the invention of soilless agriculture. Soilless cultivation has become possible through the use of hi-tech

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).

Province 5 organizing investment summit

January 28, 2020 10:24 am

RUPANDEHI, Jan 28: The Province 5 government is all set to organize an investment summit in April to attract investment in the province.

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.

Bitter struggle behind sweet sugar

January 2, 2020 20:02 pm

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.

BANKE, Dec 8: “There is no loss in the occupation of agriculture. It may not give you big money, but there is no loss," is what Lal Bahadur Khatri, a farmer based in Khajura in Banke, thinks.

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.

BHAIRAHAWA, Nov 23: Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Ghana Shyam Bhushal on Saturday has said he took the helm of the ministry according to his choice.

Rethinking productivity

November 13, 2019 09:48 am

In much of today’s global economy, even the production of tangible goods is shaped by a growing number of intangible factors

Can Nepal export citrus fruits?

November 11, 2019 09:55 am

Citrus is one of the most important fruit crops of Nepal in terms of area coverage, production and export potential.

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.

Tapping into the sun

October 23, 2019 01:00 am

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.

BANEPA, Sept 23: The Agriculture Knowledge Center based in Dhulikhel has started to collect vegetable samples from Panchkhal and Kerabari areas for surprise test of pesticide levels.

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.

BIRENDRANAGAR, Sept 16: The price of apples in Birendranagar is three-four times higher than in Jumla where the fruits are sourced from.

How to attract young people to farming?

September 15, 2019 01:00 am

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.

BIRENDRANAGAR, Sept 11: Karnali is the largest province of the country in terms of area. However, only 11.85% of the total area of this remote province is cultivable.

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.

Governing agriculture

August 28, 2019 01:00 am

We need to make agriculture governance system effective through the backup of strong organizational set-up and human resources

REPUBLICA, Aug 13: With the growth of commercial farming in Nepal and the government's 75 percent subsidy program, an increasing number of farmers have been attracted to agriculture insurance.

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.

DOTI, Aug 10: A model agricultural village is to be built each in nine local levels of Doti, the district in Far-West State.

Agriculture and poverty

August 4, 2019 01:30 am

So long as we fail to retain agricultural workers the much-hyped agenda of poverty alleviation through massive agricultural production will remain a far cry

BANEPA, July 23: The Province 3 government distributed 19 types of equipment to farmers at subsidized rates through Agriculture Knowledge Center, Kavre, in Fiscal Year 2018/19.

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.

Think beyond planning

July 1, 2019 09:49 am

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 19: The Agriculture, Cooperatives and Natural Resources Committee under the House of Representatives today sat for discussions with experts in regard with the 'Forest Bill-2075 BS'.

RUPANDEHI, June 18: Aligning the major focus of budget towards agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure development, Province 5 has set an ambitious goal of achieving eight percent growth rate.

Erratic pattern

June 16, 2019 02:00 am

Agriculture in Nepal is suffering from years of under-investment, limited research, scant inputs and lack of technology and services for farmers

SINDHULI, June 15: Agricultural Knowledge Center has decided to invest in road construction, in a move unexpected for the center.

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.

Road to commercialization

May 14, 2019 01:30 am

If Nepal is to speed-up agricultural commercialization process for both import substitution and export promotion, there is no better way than consolidation of farm lands

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.

The silent sufferers

March 1, 2019 08:11 am

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.

Commission of inaction

February 27, 2019 01:00 am

Two years after National Farmers’ Commission started to work, people are asking why we need such commission when it cannot make necessary policy interventions

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.

BAJURA, Feb 9: One hundred sixty million rupees has been distributed to the erstwhile farm bonded laborers in Bajura district.

Making agriculture smart

February 3, 2019 01:00 am

If we are to make smart agriculture program successful, we first need to make our agriculture institutions smart

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.