‘39pc rural, 53pc urban folk take readymade food’

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 24:

A recent survey conducted by eight NGOs in eight districts revealed that 38.8 per cent rural population and 52.9 per cent urban population consume food products prepared by various companies. Only 8 per cent urban population and 22 per cent rural population consume

self-cooked food. Over 44 per cent of both the communities consume mixed food, which has at least one company product like cooking oil. Speaking at a discussion organised by Martin Chautari on Company Foods and Food Security, Sharad Ghimire, research officer of Martin Chautari said a survey conducted by eight NGOs, including Action Aid, revealed that most Nepalis use readymade food as snacks both in rural and urban areas. They defined readymade food as biscuits, chow chow and other packed food products. The survey was conducted in eight different districts as a sample study. A field study was conducted for two months in Morang, Dolakha, Dhanusha, Kathmandu, Chitwan, Kaski, Kapilvastu and Jumla districts.

“Most of respondents said that they knew that company foods were harmful in comparison to self-cooked food,” said Ghimire, adding that people admitted that they use company food to save time and energy. Women also took company food as an instrument to lessen their burden. Research officers at Action Aid said the research was aimed at finding out people’s choices, their access to desired food and the market availability. They expressed hope that the research would help solve more problems related to consumerism and consumer rights. Participants raised concerns over people’s penchant for readymade food which is hazardous than self-cooked food.