KATHMANDU, Aug 12: While urban society is going gaga over organic products, people involved in the trade say Nepali organic products meet only around 8 percent of the domestic demand for organic products.

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.

BANEPA, Aug 8: Farmers in Kavre district have been spraying pesticide haphazardly on their crop without even identifying the pest.

ILAM, Aug 7: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Chakrapani Khanal, has held discussion with the tea farmers from Jhapa and Ilam districts.

TAPLEJUNG, Aug 7: Farmers of Taplejung have produced potatoes worth Rs 2.2 billion in the Fiscal Year 2018/2019.

NEW DELHI, August 2: India is unlikely to sign a China-backed Asia-Pacific trade pact because of opposition from industry and farmers

Digitalizing farming

July 25, 2019 01:00 am

Digitalizing farming process by providing farmers access to the internet can help solve most of the problems facing Nepali farmers, including improving competitiveness in farming

Farmers to get pension facilities

July 18, 2019 09:33 am

BAJURA, July 18: The Budhiganga municipality has decided to grant pension facilities to farmers in the municipality. The third municipal assembly took the decision to begin the provision through development of due procedures from the new fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Department of Livestock Services has distributed Rs 81.08 million as compensation to farmers of nine bird flu-hit districts.

MAHENDRANAGAR, July 6: A custom hiring center that will rent out farm equipment to farmers has come into operation in Mahendranagar.

ILAM, July 4: Tea farmers of Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam threw green leaves on road on Sunday as part of their protest against factory operators.

DAMAK, June 30: As farmers in the district have started using harvesting machine in a bid to modernize paddy farming, their cost of production has increased this season. However, they have been compelled to sell paddy for cheaper rates than in previous years, which is incurring them huge losses.

BHAKTAPUR, June 24: Like in previous years, farmers in Bhaktapur will be facing dearth of chemical fertilizers this monsoon as well.

Rituals over results

June 23, 2019 02:05 am

Summer is the harbinger of monsoon rains with an abundance of splash of water and mud in the fields. The plough and spade artists carve a beautiful landscape mixing love, sweat and faith in the terraced rice fields. They work from dawn to dusk to embellish the earth around them. Still, their greatness largely goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

SYANGJA, June 15: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has said that the national development and prosperity was impossible unless farmers were empowered and enriched.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said he helped clearing outstanding loans of over two thousand farmers from Bihar.

BUTWAL, June 13: Farmers of Nawalparasi are forced to sell sugarcane to mills on credit this year as well.

BHAIRAHAWA, May 29: Local farmers have breathed a sigh of relief after the government tightened imports of livestock like goats and sheep from India.

JUMLA, May 28: The local representatives of Hima Rural Municipality of Jumla have started a campaign to preserve the famous Marsi rice which is grown locally.

BUTWAL, May 27: Sugarcane farmers in Nawalparasi are extremely worried, anticipating a huge loss this year as well. Had the government been able to sort out the 'bargaining game' between farmers and traders and fixed the price of sugarcane on time, this situation would not have arrived.

POKHARA/MUSTANG, May 26: Having lost almost all of their cattle due to severe weather as well as dearth of fodder and grass in February and March, farmers in Mustang are left with no resources to resume farming. Their request for help from the government bodies has largely gone unheeded. Neither the provincial nor the central government has allocated adequate budget to support the affected farmers.

JUMLA, May 11: It has not been very long since Samjhana Devkota of Talichaur village started vegetable farming. Just like other village folks, she was accustomed to growing only crops in her field before.

Farmers to entrepreneurs

May 2, 2019 01:00 am

Unless Nepali farmers become entrepreneurs, commercial agriculture will not be sustainable in Nepal

KHOTANG, April 23: Ramnidhi Acharya, a farmer of Yamkha in Diprung Chuichumma Rural Municipality, is making handsome money by producing saplings of different fruits and spices in his nursery. Staying within the country, he has set an example for other locals who keep saying that there is no opportunity in village.

BANEPA, April 15: Taking advantage of lack of proper market inspection, traders in Kavre are charging arbitrary prices for hybrid maize seeds.

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, April 12: India’s money-losing sugar mills have run up a record $4.38 billion in arrears to 50 million cane farmers, who have gone unpaid for their produce for more than a year, industry and government sources said on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, April 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed dissatisfaction about how local middlemen escalated sugar prices after the government announced a ban on sugar import to promote local industries and farmers.

BANEPA, April 8: Nawaraj Sapkota, a local farmer of Panauti municipality-3, Telmale, Kushadevi was forced to quit his occupation after growing wild rampage lately.

TAPLEJUNG, April 7: The falling price of black cardamom has been frustrating for farmers and traders in the eastern part of the country. Though a brief price rise after a continuous fall for the past four months came as a respite for them, the recovery did not last more than a couple days.

JUMLA, March 16: The “Ek Ghar, Ek Syau Bagaicha” (One House, One Apple Garden) campaign that began in Jumla with an aim of making farmers self-sustained through apple farming has proved to be beneficial for the farmers.

SARLAHI, March 6: Sugarcane farmers in the district are agitated as the government has failed to provide them the promised subsidy, and their due amounts from the sugar mills have piled up for the past two years.

Farmers rejoice over snowfall

March 4, 2019 04:00 am

JUMLA, March 4: Farmers in Jumla are expecting better harvest of apple because of recent snowfall in the district.

PYUTHAN, Feb 28: Farmer Duj Bahadur Rawat, 47, used to work very hard even in the past. However, the local of Sarumarani Rural Municipality - 1 would hardly make a decent living.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Twenty Nepali farmers and agricultural experts are currently receiving a month-long training on organic farming in India. As a part of Nepal-India New Partnership in Agriculture, the second group of 20 Nepalis is receiving the training at National Center of Organic Farming (NCOF) in Ghaziabad, India, from February 1 to March 2.

KATHMANDU, Feb 223: The Indian Embassy said on Friday that the second group of 20 Nepali farmers and agriculture experts is undergoing training on organic farming in India as part of the partnership in agriculture between India and Nepal.

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.

ADBL out to promote banana farming

February 19, 2019 10:30 am

TIKAPUR, Feb 19: Agricultural Development Bank Ltd (ADBL) has expressed interest to make big investment in banana farming.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Sugarcane farmers from three districts – Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Mahottari – have gathered in Hariaun of Sarlahi to protest against the authorities for failing to provide them the subsidy amount that the government had decided to give them on the sale of sugarcane.

Three sugar mills of Nawalpur and Parasi districts have started crushing sugarcane. However, farmers have not got payment for their canes.

MAHOTTARI, Feb 1: The workers at Everest Sugar and Chemical Industries Limited in Ramnagar, Mahottari have continued their hunger strike today to press the industry administration to address their demand.

CHITWAN, Jan 29: Dealers of vegetables and fruits in Khairhani of eastern Chitwan on Monday collected cabbages from farmers at just Rs 3 to Rs 5 per kg. But when the same cabbages reach Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market in Kathmandu, their wholesale and retail prices become Rs 12 and Rs 25 per kg respectively.

Farmers’ dues amount to Rs 60 million

January 27, 2019 09:34 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Besides having to press the government every year to set sugarcane price and open sugar mills, farmers often face hurdles in receiving payment of their dues from the mills, according to the Sugarcane Producer Farmers’ Association.

Mustang farmers welcome heavy snowfall

January 10, 2019 07:55 am

MUSTANG, Jan 10: Continuous snowfall since the last few days in Mustang has hard-hit people’s life. Even cattle have been bearing the brunt. However, farmers say that they are happy as snowfall is expected to bring back the moisture of the soil triggering better yield for their crops.

CAMBODIA, Jan 2: Bopha should be in school but instead toils seven days a week in a searing brick kiln on the outskirts of Phnom Penh -- a 14-year-old trapped in debt bondage in a boom industry preying on the poverty of Cambodia's farmers.

KAILALI, Dec 22: Farmers in far-western Nepal are worried that their winter crops will be affected due to a shortage of fertilizers.

Farmers seek Rs 9b in crop damages

December 17, 2018 08:46 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Last month, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal reportedly received a report from the National Farmer’s Commission in which the commission had sought Rs 9 billion from the government to pay the farmers in damages for crops failure caused by various natural calamities.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: As many as 2,000 farmers, or five times more than the available, have applied for grants to run model farm in Gandaki Province. The application call was announced by the Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture, and Cooperatives for receiving grants and building farmhouse. The grants are toward the entire operation costs of the initial year.

NEPALGUNJ, Dec 8: Farmers in Nepalgunj are delighted this year as well, with the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) continuing to purchase paddy from them at an inflated price. Each year, the corporation gives them a price better than the local market to relieve the farmers of financial burden.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakra Pani Khanal has expressed dissatisfaction over functioning of the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), stating that farmers are not benefiting from research carried out by the government agency.

NEW DELHI, Nov 30: Over a 100,000 farmers across India are marching towards the capital city of Delhi Thursday and Friday to demand debt waivers and a solution to the agrarian crisis. They are organized by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) with the support of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC, All India Farmers’ Resistance Coordination Committee), which is comprised of around 200 organizations.