Report says Sunsari’s food security status sound

Inaruwa, March 30

The status of food security in Sunsari district has been found to be positive as per the district food security status assessment report.

The district produces food grains worth around Rs 6 billion annually.

The District Agricultural Development Office, Sunsari, stated that the situation of food security in the district was sound.

The overall situation of food security in the district in terms of the production of paddy, wheat, legumes and oilseeds is strong and positive, and the annual production of these crops is increasing, office chief Raj Kant Jha said.

Jha said that farmers had earned approximately Rs 3.25 billion from the sale of paddy, winter vegetables, mustard, potato, sugarcane, banana, and fish till mid-March of the current fiscal year.

Similarly, they earned approximately Rs 2.34 billion from the production and sale of meat, milk, and eggs. The report showed that inflow of remittance from foreign employment in the district was around Rs 6.44 billion in the last four months.

According to the report, a survey carried out in every rural municipality and municipality in the district showed that 80 per cent of the households had enough food to last the entire year while 20 per cent households showed normal food security status.

However, it is stated that 2.7 per cent children in the district suffer from malnutrition due to lack of balanced food despite the positive food security status.