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Nepal is unlikely to become self-sufficient in fish, meat and milk

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 10

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to negatively impact Nepal’s goal of becoming self-sufficient in fish, meat and milk.

While presenting a paper at the Second World RRN Knowledge Convention organized by the Nepalese Non-Resident Association (NRNA), Livestock Department Director, Banshi Sharma said, “Although Nepal is on the verge of achieving the goal of becoming self-sufficient in fish, meat and milk, COVID-19 has had a negative impact lately.

The livestock sector accounts for 13% of the country’s GDP and 60% of farmers are involved in livestock farming in Nepal, he added.

Director Sharma added, “Livestock plays an important role in job creation and poverty reduction. But milk production and distribution have been hampered due to the pandemic.

Even the culture of eating fish has declined sharply.

Consumption of fish, meat and milk has not increased because of poverty, he argued. As the sale of milk was hampered, it had to be transformed into electricity.

He informed that the government is committed to eradicating Foot and Mouth Disease, PPR and others in livestock. If federal, state and local governments work in coordination, the livestock sector could thrive, contributing significantly to the national economy, he said.

Similarly, speakers who expressed their views during a session on “agricultural products and marketing” of the ongoing convention said that efforts were underway to promote organic products from Nepal in international markets. .

They also expressed concern over the increasing use of pesticides and antibiotics, saying this was harmful to organic farming. Industrialist Pavan Golyan shared that he has prioritized the agricultural sector in recent days.

“Two-thirds of farmers are involved in agriculture. We reach the villages and teach them about organic farming. The use of pesticides should be discouraged,” he added.

The industrialist Golyan further assured that he would buy the organic products if the farmers are unable to sell the products themselves. He further suggested that the government and the private sector should team up to boost commercialization and invest in agricultural processing industries.

Providing the necessary training to workers could be helpful in increasing their skills and making them fit for work in the industry.

Similarly, Nimbus Group Executive Director Dinesh Gautam said his company has prioritized the export of agricultural products.

Rice, maize and wheat have contributed well to GDP, he said, stressing the need for market, loan, transport, storage and insurance to boost agricultural products and related trade.

Additionally, Kanchanjangha Tea Estate Director Shanta Koirala said her industry has focused on linking smallholder farmers to production. The estate has been producing organic products since 2002. She urged the government to play the role of facilitator in promoting Nepalese products in international markets.

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A version of this article is published on October 11, 2020 in The Himalayan Times.

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