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PM Oli urges to utilize agriculture grants


KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the bodies concerned to utilize the agriculture grants. Addressing a programme organized to declare self-reliance in livestock products here today, Prime Minister Oli argued that such grants made available in the agriculture sectors should be utilized for sustainable development of the sector.
He shared that the government was providing the grants in nominal interest rates in modernization and equipment and irrigation in the sectors. As per the United Nations, Nepal has become self-reliant in some livestock products. PM Oli declared that Nepal was self–reliant in egg and meat products of late. Nepal is producing Rs one billion and 600 million eggs, and 255,000 metric tonnes of meat and fish annually.
However, Nepal needs to increase production by 12 liters per person annually to be self-reliant in dairy products. Prime Minister Oli complained that though the country was increasing grants in the agro sectors, the production was not increasing as per the expectation. He also directed the line ministries to bring effective programmes to attract the youths in productive sectors. Similarly, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Padma Aryal stressed on making Prime Minister Modernization Project effective. She also opined to not let occur food shortage. Ministry secretaries Dr Prem Narayan Kandel and Dr Yogendra Kumar Karki among others were present in the event.

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