Mid-west farmers bag President’s award

- POST REPORT, SURKHET

Jun 13, 2015-

Five farmers from the Mid-western region have been conferred with the President’s Outstanding Regional Farm-ers Award for their achievements in adoption of modern agricultural practices.

The Mid-Western Regional Agriculture Directorate on Friday awarded Dev Bahadur Rana of Surkhet under crops category, Chhaya Dutta Bhusal of Bardiya for fishery, Bharatnath Yogi of Salyan for orange farming, Punit Bikram Shah of Banke for cow rearing, and Sankhu Bahadur Khatri of Jumla for apple farming.

Bhusal had produced 250 tonnes of fish and 1.5 million fingerlings a year and earned Rs5 million in a year. He employs 2,000 individuals. Orange farmer Yogi had produced 52 tonnes of oranges and earned Rs 1.9 million in a year. His farm employs 12 people. Shah of Banke has been successful in producing 90 litres milk daily and earning Rs400,000 a year. And, Khatri produced 10 tonnes of apple in a single year and earned Rs 500,000 from it. He has offered employment to 210 people.

Under the food grains and crop segment, Rana produced 6 tonnes of cereal grains seed and earned Rs600,000 in a year.

On the occasion, Shyam Kishore Sah, joint-secretary at the Ministry of Agricultural Development, said time has come to adopt modern agricultural system to boost agriculture productivity for the overall development of Nepal. He underscored need for industrialisation of agriculture.

Yubak Dhoj GC, director general of Department of Agriculture, said the objective of the award was to encourage farmers to do more. “As the farm sector has been playing a key role in alleviating poverty, such initiatives would motivate farmers for boosting agriculture productivity,” GC said, suggesting the farmers not to fully rely on government subsidies. The awardees had been nominated from among 45 farmers in the region.

One of the winners Rana lamented the farmers were not getting proper market access, while Shah said the farmers producing foods and vegetables were unable to determine the prices of their produce. Rana urged the government to make a significant investment in the sector.

Last year, for the first time, the Agricultural Ministry had announced the President’s Outstanding Farmers Award Programme and its implementation working procedure 2014 were drafted subsequently. Under the programme, each development region will award five farmers annually.

Published: 14-06-2015 08:51

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