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



The coronavirus pandemic is likely to adversely impact ’s aim to become self reliant in , meat and milk.

Presenting a paper at the ongoing Second NRN Global Knowledge Convention organised by the Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA), Director at Livestock Department Banshi Sharma said, “Although Nepal was about to meet the target of becoming selfreliant in fish, meat and milk, the COVID-19 has badly impacted of late.”

The livestock sector has 13 per cent contribution in the country’s GDP, and 60 per cent of the farmers are involved in livestock in Nepal, he added.

Director Sharma further said, “Livestock has an important role in creating jobs and alleviating poverty. But the production and distribution of milk has been obstructed due to the pandemic.

Even the culture of eating fish has declined sharply.”

The use of fish, meat and milk had not gone up because of poverty, he argued. As the sale of milk was obstructed, it had to be changed into power.

He informed that the government was committed to eradicating foot-and-mouth disease, PPR and others in the livestock. If the federal, state and local level governments work in coordination, the livestock sector could thrive, thereby contributing to the national significantly, he opined.

Similarly, speakers putting forth their views in a session on ‘Agro products and marketisation’ of the ongoing convention said efforts were on to promote Nepal’s organic products in the international markets.

They also expressed worry over the increasing use of pesticides and antibiotics, saying it was harmful to organic farming. Industrialist Pavan Golyan shared that he had given priority to agriculture sector in recent days.

“Two-thirds of farmers are involved in agri

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