Nepal | July 09, 2020

NFGF urges MoALD to prioritise small farmers in next budget

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, May 4

The Nepal Farmer Group Federation (NFGF) has submitted a 20-point recommendation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) to be included in the budget for next fiscal year.

NFGF has recommended MoALD to prioritise issues of small farmers in next fiscal’s budget. A large number of landless, women and small farmers are involved in farming, it said, adding the government should take the responsibility of their livelihoods as mentioned in the memorandum submitted to MoALD today.

The NFGF has requested the ministry to manage improved seeds, irrigation technology, agriculture insurance, subsidised agriculture loans, easy availability of fertilisers as well as guarantee a market for their produce.

“The existing policy of grant distribution should be amended and new policies should be implemented so that the real farmers can receive the grant instead of people who have political connections,” reads the memorandum.

The federation has further requested MoALD to arrange COV- ID-19 relief package with compensation for vegetable farmers, livestock farmers and flower farmers.

Meanwhile, it has stated that a large number of migrants have returned home and more are likely to return as unemployment is increasing in foreign destinations too due to the coronavirus. So, taking advantage of this situation, MoALD can bring a special programme targeting migrant workers to attract them towards agriculture and encourage them to stay and work in Nepal.

NFGF has stated that at least 20 per cent of budget of provincial and local governments should be utilised for agriculture development.

Likewise, it has also urged the ministry to keep records of landless farmers, agriculture workers, small farmers and big farmers to identify the real farmers.

This could help the ministry to prepare programmes for respective areas.

“MoALD should prioritise classification and distribution of farmers’ identity cards in the upcoming budget. Livestock insurance should also be promoted even in rural areas of the country as lots of farmers are still unaware about livestock insurance,” reads the memorandum. The federation has also stressed on prioritising production focusing on cooperation among local governments, farmers’ groups, agriculture cooperatives and group farming.

The government should set support price for all crops, it said. Sustainable market for farmers’ products should be arranged in cooperation with local governments, cooperatives and farmers’ groups. The memorandum has also mentioned about establishment of cold stores, promotion of organic farming and establishment of seed banks.

NFGF has also asked the ministry to arrange farmers’ health insurance, farmers’ pension and decentralisation of administrative work of MoALD. It has also appealed for agriculture experts and technicians in rural areas and revision of the 20- year agriculture strategy of MoALD.


A version of this article appears in e-paper on May 5, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 255 new cases, 253 recoveries, no deaths

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 266,457 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 312,402 Rapid Diagn Read More...

In Pictures: Rallying forth in Prime Minister's support

Supporters of Prime Minister KP Oli organised a rally at Lagankhel, Lalitpur, on Wednesday, for the seventh day. The pro-prime minister demonstrations were held in the wake of recent political developments wherein PM Oli is being asked to step down from his either of his posts. Read More...

Nepal Airlines Corporation aircraft

Four more Nepal Airlines employees diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday

KATHMANDU: Four more employees of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, on Wednesday. In the last two days, six employees of the national flag carrier have been detected with COVID-19. Among those infected are one pilot and five cabin crew members, a Read More...

Crash Landing on You's Son Ye-jin and Parasite's Lee Sun-kyun set for Hollywood debut?

KATHMANDU: Popular South Korean actress Son Ye-jin is set to make her Hollywood debut with film tentatively titled The Cross alongside Sam Worthington. Lee Sun-kyun from the Oscar-winning Parasite has also been a role in it. Qutoing an official from Son’s agency MS Team Entertainment, Th Read More...

Celta and Atletico share spoils in insipid draw

VIGO: Atletico Madrid dropped points for the third time since the season resumed after the coronavirus stoppage as they drew 1-1 away to struggling Celta Vigo in an uninspiring match in La Liga on Tuesday. Striker Alvaro Morata got the visitors off to the perfect start by tapping an Angel Corre Read More...

Over 90pc COVID-19 recovery reported in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT: Rautahat district, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic, has shown a promising rate of COVID-19 recovery. The district with about 92 percent of patients being discharged from health facilities has bagged much appreciation for the efforts of the concerned authorities. According to Read More...

Billie Eilish's mother reveals singer's obsession with Justin Bieber

KATHMANDU: American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish's mother Maggie has revealed about the singer's childhood obsession with Canadian singer Justin Bieber. In a recent episode of the 18-year-old singer's Apple Music radio show me & dad radio, Maggie, who appeared as a special guest talked ab Read More...

BTS members accused of using MBA enrolment to delay military enlistment

KATHMANDU: The members of K-pop supergroup BTS are facing accusations that they are using a graduate programme to delay their mandatory military duty. The Korea Times reports that speculation started swirling when their agency, Big Hit Entertainment said on July 7 that Jimin and V will start the Read More...