A Story of Good Slogans, Bad Performance

November 12, 2021 06:30 am

If we compare the development performance under the Panchayat Raj from 1960 to 1990 and that under the multiparty system from 1990 to 2020, there is no indication that things have really improved in the post-democracy period in terms of job opportunities, living standard, physical infrastructure development, agriculture development, institutional and industrial development, control over corruption and maintaining law and order.

Savior for Heroes

November 7, 2021 14:44 pm

Can the loss of farmers be compensated? After all, they contribute 20 % to the GDP. Shouldn’t they be compensated?

KATHMANDU, September 11: The government is making it mandatory for the cooperatives to invest 50 percent of their loans in agriculture.

DADELDHURA, August 5: Agriculture output has gradually slumped in Dadeldhura district as farmers are being displaced from agricultural occupation after wild animals arriving from nearby conservation areas started frequently ravaging their crops.

National Paddy Day today

June 29, 2021 07:22 am

KATHMANDU, June 29: The National Paddy Day and paddy plantation festival is being observed on Tuesday across the nation. Paddy day is observed on Asar 15 [June end] in the lunar calendar every year to mark the paddy cultivation season.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The budget 2021/22 has allocated Rs 45.09 billion for the agriculture sector. Of the amount, Rs 12 billion will be spent on the supply management of chemical fertilizers.

KATHMANDU, May 17: Despite various efforts taken by the government to drive Nepali agriculture to commercialization, the access of farmers to necessary tools and equipment still stands very low.

The FAO has focused its efforts and resources to addressing issues stemming from climate change in Nepal in order to cope with the changing situation and build resilience capacity into adaptation to climate change.

Although land reform has been a priority area of the government, land use planning has always remained under the shadow of revenue collection and land distribution.

Cooperative for development

February 21, 2021 07:00 am

If proper environment is created for cooperatives to work in remote areas, it would be easier to bring rural areas in mainstream of development.

Nepal’s unreliable vision for seeds

February 16, 2021 10:20 am

Availability of good quality seeds is a prerequisite to increase crop production. But seed supply system of Nepal is not reliable and farmers have always complained about unavailability of quality seeds.

Should there be FDI in agriculture?

February 8, 2021 08:00 am

FDI flow in agriculture will increase competition and because of the sheer size of capital, it might create an unequal playing field for the domestic investors. This is where the current hue and cry is coming from.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperative (MoLMAC) of Province 1 in association with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on Tuesday officially launched Phase-2 of the Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP).

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: The government’s recent decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in primary agriculture production has invited a controversy.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: After having been deceived time and again by sugar mills and even by the government, sugarcane farmers from the southern plains of the country have continued their protest in Kathmandu for the second consecutive year.

KATHMANDU: After having been deceived time and again by the sugar mills and even by the government, sugarcane farmers from the southern Plains of Nepal have continued their protest in Kathmandu for the second consecutive year.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Sugarcane farmers on Tuesday staged a protest with their citizenship certificates and receipts for sold sugarcane after the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies claimed that they are not the farmers but middlemen.

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: The agitating sugarcane farmers have demanded that the government guarantee that their outstanding dues for their produce will be cleared before they sit for the talks.

“Mill owners took our canes, processed them to sugar, sold it and earned lucrative profits. However, we are still empty-handed. We are neck-deep into debt as we have borrowed money from the local moneylenders and financial institutions.”

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Nearly a year after their agreement with the government in which the latter expressed commitment to ensure timely payments for their produce, sugarcane farmers, who have not been paid by sugar mills for as many as the past six years, have launched protests in Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu.

NEW DELHI, Dec 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured farmers on Saturday that reforms in the agrarian sector were aimed at helping them as thousands of farmers continued protests against three new laws to overhaul procurement and sale of produce.

Nepal needs to explore both short-term and long-term solutions to mitigate fertilizer shortage that has hindered the country’s agriculture productions for years.

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.