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Agriculture Minister Aryal pledges to ensure adequacy of fertilisers for farmers

2021 Mar 04, 18:35, Kathmandu
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Padma Kumari Aryal talking to mediapersons in Chitwan district, on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Photo: RSS

Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Padma Kumari Aryal today has pledged to ensure adequacy of fertilisers for farmers.

Her response is to farmers across the country demanding substantial fertilisers in time. The government is serious about the problems farmers have been facing due to lack of fertilisers, and will act accordingly, she said at a press conference at the ministry.

The government will import fertilisers as per its necessity, he said. "Provinces have been asked to provide the quantity of fertilisers in demand. For this, necessary arrangements will be made." Preparations were underway to seek long term solution to the problems related to fertiliser supply, she said.

The process to open factories producing chemical fertilisers has been moved ahead. "In this regard, we have asked secretaries of the Finance Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies to prepare an action plan. To this effect, a proposal will be taken to the Cabinet," she said.

Of 500 thousand metric tonnes of fertilisers the government aims to bring in for the fiscal year, 2020/21, 187 thousand metric tonnes have already been sold off and 162 thousand metric tonnes is in stock. And 269,000 metric tonnes are yet to be imported.

On the occasion, the Ministry's secretary Yogendra Kumar Karki said that the government has prioritized farm manure in a bid to make enough supply of fertilisers to farmers. 

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