CHITWAN, Nov 28: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ghanashyam Bhusal has stressed on a hard-hitting policy to reform the agriculture sector.

Water accounting and auditing, which are rarely done, should therefore be the starting point of any effective strategy for addressing water shortages and scarcity.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Process to purchase fertilizer has begun after the cabinet meeting held on Monday gave permission to the Ministry of Agriculture to purchase 50,000 metric tonnes of chemical fertilizer from Bangladesh.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Farmers are to get relief as the government has set the minimum support value of paddy grains in time this year. The government has already agreed to purchase paddy grains at set price through cooperatives. The government on May 15 set the price of small paddy grains (mota dhan) at Rs 2,735 per quintal and middle paddy grains (madhyam dhan) at Rs 2,885.

Post COVID-19, agriculture should be tailored to create more employment particularly more decent green jobs across the entire food production system.

Overcoming Covid-19 pandemic

September 29, 2020 14:11 pm

The Covid-19 outbreak has affected people across the globe, sparing no one and no sector. In Nepal, it has taken toll on agriculture production.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Almost every year, the government floats some new policies during the rainy season expressing its promptness to resolve the recurring problem of fertilizer shortage. But the problem stands still as farmers face the same perennial problem without any hint of relief when the plantation begins in their rice fields.

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: The government has said that it will distribute fertilizers to farmers as per  a schedule to avoid crowding in the distribution centers.

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) has pledged yet another time that it will avail the urea fertilizer to the farmers in the next one week. The assurance comes at a time when farmers have almost completed rice plantation, and are at the stage of top dressing.

CHITWAN, July 25: Continuous rain has caused much damage to crops and vegetables in the district. The excessive accumulation of water in the fields has damaged the crops.

Has Nepali agriculture collapsed?

July 17, 2020 08:10 am

Recently, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Ghanashayam Bhsual said that agriculture sector has been deliberately ruined in the last 30-40 years. Ruin means collapse or complete destruction. Is there complete destruction of our agriculture system? Or has Nepali agriculture collapsed? If so, agriculture in Nepal would have been non-functional by now.

Agriculture post-COVID-19

July 2, 2020 07:53 am

There is no doubt that COVID-19 will result in mass unemployment in non-agricultural sectors. This could bring a vast majority of youths back into agriculture sector.

KATHMANDU, June 27: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ghanashayam Bhsual has said that the agriculture sector is being ruined for the last 40 years.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Chemical fertilizer imported by Nepal is stuck at the Indian port after the Indian authorities turned reluctant to facilitate movement of the Nepal-bound cargo of the agriculture essential. This has created an acute shortage of chemical fertilizer as the rice plantation season began in the country with the onset of the rainy season.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Prioritising the agriculture sector, the government has introduced a number of farmers-focused programs through the budget for the next fiscal year 2020/21, allocating Rs 41 billion for the promotion of agricultural produce and Rs 27 billion for irrigation alone.

How to capitalize on agriculture?

May 28, 2020 15:00 pm

Amid deepening crisis of Covid-19, scores of opinions have been thrown by various scholars suggesting that the government should employ the overseas Nepali migrant returnees in farm production. Some experts further state that it is high time for Nepal to rope in youths to the farm sector which has long been neglected and can generate ample employment opportunities. Very true.

The Nepal we need in post-COVID-19

April 21, 2020 11:25 am

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Nepalis to rethink the path of development. We are entering a new reality of frequent global pandemics and of ensuing recessions in which each society must seek to meet its own basic needs. At this time, there is a lot that we Nepalis can learn from the way we have, until just recently, been.

Time to revive agriculture

April 5, 2020 09:52 am

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a public health crisis, experts are now voicing their concerns that the virus could have a much broader impact on the global economy. The UN's trade and development agency says the slowdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak could cost the global economy up to two trillion dollars this year. It will certainly impact agriculture as well. Some agriculture experts and entrepreneurs have made some observations that social distancing, reduced social and religious functions, minimizing travel, avoiding crowds, closures, and other protective practices will have impact on markets and prices of food items, dairy products, meat, flowers, and ornamental plants. There is a supply chain slowdown affecting the transportation of fertilizer, fuel, and other production inputs.

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.