Gandaki state to set up 400 model farms

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, KASKI

Oct 30, 2018-

The Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives of the Gandaki province has called for proposals to develop model farms related to agriculture, livestock and fishery as mentioned in its Annual Policy and Programme.

As many as 400 model farms are to be developed in the province to make the farmers self-reliant in agriculture by promoting commercial agriculture as an enterprise.

The provincial government has allocated Rs 400 million in its budget for fiscal year 2018/19. Of this budget, Rs 250 million has been earmarked for setting up model farms in the agriculture sector and Rs 150 million for developing model farms in livestock and fishery sector.

Minister for Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives Lekh Bahadur Khadka said there is a provision of the provincial government to provide 50 percent of the proposed cost to an individual setting up a model farm in the first year.

According to Minister Thapa, the project proposal registered at the province by the individual farmers and the agricultural entrepreneurs, firms, companies and cooperative organisations for setting up and operating small, business-oriented, commercial and enterprise model farms would be evaluated and then selected. A partnership agreement would be signed with the individual or firms whose proposals have been selected after a site visit.

The Ministry stated that the proposed first year cost of the small model farm should be Rs 1 million, the business-oriented model farm should be more than Rs 1 million, the commercial model farm should be more than Rs 2.5 million and the enterprise-based model farm should be more than Rs 5 million.

Published: 30-10-2018 07:28

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