Farmers against government’s land bank law



Farmers have raised voice against the ’s new regarding land .

The Ministry of Land , Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation is preparing a framework for implementation of . The framework has mentioned that all kinds of lands can be used for plotting.

Moreover, the landowners can deposit their land in the bank instead of providing it for farming due to which smallholder farmers are likely to be affected due to this law, said Nawaraj Basnet, president of Farmers’ Group Federation ().

“After the implementation of this law, smallholder farmers will not be able to take lands on for farming as the land bank law will increase the price of land,” he said, adding, “Even though the ministry has promised to provide land for farming, landowners will obviously look for profit.”

The law has mentioned that landowners can deposit their land in the bank if it is not being used, for which they will receive amount. Thus, Basnet said that will be less attracted in using land for farming.

He further stressed that the land bank law is not beneficial for farmers and more favourable for industrial purpose. Due to this, the agricultural land will be affected, he added.

Meanwhile, All Nepal Peasants’ Federation has also expressed reservations against the land bank policy of the government.

Hari Parajuli, coordinator of the federation, said that the law puts small farmers at a disadvantage. “With thi

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