SARLAHI, Nov 28: Farmers who have been facing problems time and again in receiving payments from sugar mills now feel cheated by the government. The government has made several announcements to punish those mills that do not make timely payment. But the government itself has not given the subsidy money even after a year has already passed.
BIRATNAGAR, August, 1: Rampyar Yadav, a seasoned farmer from Jahada village of Morang, has no memory of a single year when he did not have to struggle for fertilizer. No matter how proper preparation he did or how much rapport he built with fertilizer suppliers, he has always struggled with the shortage of fertilizers in the hour of need. He recently completed planting paddy in his farms. ‘Everything went well, except for the arrangement of fertilizers.’
CHITWAN, July 16: With an aim of connecting farmers to university, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) had established a Kisan Call Center in Chitwan. The call center, established in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, came into operation on the occasion of the university's anniversary, on June 17 last year.
BANEPA, April 30: Gokul Bajagain, a farmer from Kakre village of Banepa, regrets his decade-old decision to conserve the forest. Back then, forest conservation felt like a very wise act. But now the number of wild animals in the forest have proliferated that the same forest has become a source of worry to him. , and he has no means to address the problem.
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.
It has been three days since Gamveera Sahani, a 72 year-old farmer, was admitted to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. He complained of chest ache after which he was hospitalized. He was with his second wife Phulkesia Devi.
KAILALI, Nov 6: Chedaram Rana, a farmer from Krishnapur Municipality-9, sows wheat seeds in his farm by the end of October every year. By the beginning of November, the seeds would even start bearing saplings. This year, however, Rana has not even plowed his field.
Astha Maya Laawat is a 58-year-old farmer from Jhor, Tokha in Kathmandu. At the age of nine, she lost her father and her family faced a financial crisis which eventually left her without formal education.
PARBAT, Nov 2: As many as 217 monkeys have been caught and caged in Mahashila Rural Municipality of Parbat district after they destroyed farmers’ crops. Although it might sound odd, the local unit actually mobilized a team to catch and cage the monkeys by allocating a budget of Rs 300,000.
MYAGDI, Nov 20: Govinda Khatri of Mangala Rural Municipality-1 of Myagdi sold honey and beehives worth Rs 1.4 million last year. He had earned only Rs 10,000 in his first year as a professional beekeeper four years ago.
SYANGJA, August 28: Tribhuwan Neupane, 30, of Kaligandaki Rural Municipality-5, did his masters in computer application from Punjab Technical University. However, upon his return to home, he chose a different vocation. He has ventured into agriculture and livestock, and is doing quite well in commercial goat farming.
BAJHANG, Jan 30: There was a time when Hari Datta Awasthi of Sunkuda, Bajhang proudly walked with his rifle and a bag of dynamite on his back with the aim of changing the society with his revolutionary spirit. This former deputy battalion commander of the Maoist army is now reinventing his life by starting a vegetable farming in the dry lands of Sunkuda.
MANANG, Oct 20: Pholden Chopang Gurung, 57, and his son Yubaraj have established a commercial apple orchard that stretches over 450 ropanis of land in Phisang of Manang district. According to officials of Department of Agriculture, the apple farm named Agro Manang is the largest apple farm in the country.