Hetauda, August 23
Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal today stressed the need to commercialise agriculture in Nepal.
Speaking to journalists in Hetauda Sub-metropolitan City, Minister Khanal reiterated that commercialisation of agriculture was a must as more than two-thirds of the population was dependent on agriculture in Nepal. He assured that his ministry would lend all necessary supports for modernisation and commercialisation of agriculture.
Minister Khanal held that agriculture was the pillar of prosperity and happiness in Nepal. “We need to work towards developing agriculture as a major industry in the country,” he added. He said the government had launched ‘Youth in Agriculture’ programme to lure foreign-bound youths into the country.
He stated that the government had banned import of milk powder to attract Nepali farmers towards agriculture. He urged people to rear cattle and buffaloes and produce more milk. He informed that the government would hike the price of milk pronto.
A version of this article appears in print on August 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.