“Have you eaten rice?”, the first thing someone would ask if you meet them during late morning and evening hours. Rice is one and only major diet, which we have been enjoying on our table since our birth. Are we aware of how we are getting this stuff on our table? On average, a Nepali consumes 120 Kg of rice per year, which supplies 40% of calorific requirements and 23% of protein requirements in the Nepalese diet.
TIKAPUR, Nov 19: Aadhunik Chamal Karkhana of Rajapur in Bardiya district has started buying paddy from Tikapur of adjoining Kailali district. The rice mill was not able to find required quantity of paddy locally.
KHOTANG, July 9: The lack of irrigation facility has severely affected paddy plantation in Khotang. In Diktel, only two percentage of paddy plantation has been done, while in the entire district it's just 10 percentage, according to officials.
BANKE, May 11: Rice worth over Rs 5 billion was imported via Nepalgunj checkpoint till April 13 of the current fiscal year. A total of 97,732 metric tonnes of rice was imported till April 13 from the beginning of the current fiscal year.
RUKUM, May 9: Despite the government's claim of having provided subsidized rice to food deficit areas in Dolpa, the locals are complaining of receiving barely anything as per the government's declaration.
KHALANGA, April 4: Farmers here have started cultivating special varieties of Kalimarsi and Ratimarsi rice in Jumla. According to the traditional practice, sprouting seeds of the rice varieties are cultivated on Chaitra 20 (which falls on April 3 this year) every year.
DOLPA, July 31: The government has been distributing subsidized rice to the people living in the remote and mountain districts since long. However, the locals of the mountain district Dolpa have stopped buying the rice distributed by the government stating that it is expensive in comparison to the locally available rice.
KATHMANDU, July 13: The Solidarity for Dr Govinda KC Alliance presented a kilogram of Marsi rice, a native produce of Jumla, to Prime Minister KP Oli at Baluwatar on Thursday, reminding him of a feast at the residence of businessman Durga Prasai on February 18 where Oli and former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal were served Marsi, among other delicacies.
KALIKOT, May 28: Dozens of villages in Kalikot district have been hit by food crisis. Scarcity of rice has bothered the locals a lot. However, this food crisis is purely an “artificial crisis” created by the authorities.
DOLPA, August 29: Locals of three villages in Dolpa district in the mid western region have been deprived of government-sponsored subsidized rice and salt for the past two years, due to a dispute at Kerung border point.
KHOTANG, May 23: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Khotang has issued an instruction to destroy the rotten rice grains at the Nepal Food Corporation depot at Baakshila of Kopilasagadhi Rural Municipality.
SALLERI (Solukhumbu), Feb 12: The Solukhumbu branch of the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) at Salleri is struggling to sell off its subsidized rice for what consumers complained comparatively higher price.
JUMLA, Feb 4: Locals of Karnali region have demanded increase in quantity of rice for birth and death functions. The government had last month announced to provide 20 kg of rice per family for such functions. Stating that the quantity would not be enough for the functions, they have demanded to fix it between 50 kg to two quintals.
JUMLA, Dec 28: Rice depots in Jumlakot and Dhapa of Jumla district have been left without rice for over a decade. Although such depots were established to ease supply of rice to the locals, they are forced to buy rice at more expensive rate from the market in lack of functional depots.
Kathmandu, Dec 3: More than 7,000 quintal rice provided by the government of Japan to Nepal under food assistance has been lying in various warehouses of Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) undistributed for six years.
BAJHANG, SEPT 17: As many as 18 VDCs adjoining Chainpur, the district headquarters, are suffering from scarcity of food items while the local office of the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) is letting the stock of rice in its godown rot.