KATHMANDU, April 25: Although agriculture has been a major sector of the country's economy as the main source of livelihood, employment and economic and social transformation, it has been found that the country has been importing huge quantities of agricultural goods.
KATHMANDU, Oct 27: The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) has started testing residues of pesticides at seven border points to ensure whether the vegetables and fruits imported from India are edible or not.
Nepal exports agricultural commodities worth USD 200 million each year, and imports produce worth about five times as much. While nearly 70 percent of Nepal’s total imports of agricultural commodities—cereals, vegetables, and fruits—come from India, this has not always been the case. Until the 1980s, Nepal was a net exporter of agricultural commodities. Even today, if agricultural land in the Tarai plains—known popularly as the granary of Nepal—is optimally utilized, the country’s agricultural production can increase manifold to offset the current trade deficit. About 600,000 hectares (ha) of irrigable land in the Tarai are unirrigated and completely dependent on rainfall. If Nepal uses its groundwater resources to irrigate these lands, it will help bolster food security and lead to socio-economic benefits for the country.
KATHMANDU, Aug 21: In a major agreement that is expected to ease the import and export of various food items between the two countries, Nepal and India have agreed to recognize each other’s inspection, testing and certification of a number of exportable goods such as vegetables and fruits conducted by their relevant bodies.
KATHMANDU, June 17: The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued its July 10 stay order directing the government to conduct pesticides residue test compulsorily on vegetables and fruits imported to Nepal from India and other countries.
KATHMANDU, July 16: Supply of fruits including mango and pineapple has reduced by around 80% after pesticide residue test has been made mandatory for fruits and vegetables coming from India.
“Nowadays, we supply only 15-20 tons of mangoes every day due to pesticide issues.
KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has said that the government rolled back its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries after it was found that the customs points were ill-equipped and not due to pressure from India as being reported.
KATHMANDU, July 7: Government officials have said the installation of well-equipped labs at least at the six major border customs points namely Kakadvitta, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Birgunj, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj is necessary to start effective pesticide tests for vegetables and fruits coming into the country from India.
BHAIRAHAWA, July 7: While the government has revoked its decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India citing lack of adequate lab facilities, vegetables and fruits from Bhairahawa Customs Office are being imported only after lab test of samples.
KATHMANDU, July 6: Under enormous pressure from the Indian embassy, the government has put on hold its decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India until further arrangements.
BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government’s decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.
BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government's decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.
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.
INARUWA, May 9: Strong storms coupled with hailstones and rainfall occurred all of a sudden early morning today caused heavy damages to vegetables, crops and nurseries in different parts of the Sunsari district.
Biraj Rajbansi of Morang was a small boy when his father passed away. Running away from home at that tender age, he struggled for years in different cities for survival. “I ran away from my home when I was studying in Grade 6. My father passed away when I was a small boy. I came to Biratnagar and worked at a tea shop there for around four years,” said Biraj, 33.
Phalebas, Parbat, March 31: A hailstorm that lasted for five days destroyed more than 20 million worth of vegetables, crops and fruits in various parts of Parbat district, said the District Agricultural Development Office.
BAJHANG, Oct 6: An acute shortage of foodstuffs has gripped many rural villages of Bajhang, a district in the far-western Nepal,forcing the people to eat wild fruits for survival. The people of the affected villages including Kanda have started eating wild fruits and Sisnu plants (urtica dioica) for the survival.