Let’s transform agriculture into industry: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has stressed on the need of turning the agriculture sector into an industry instead of limiting it only to production. Inaugurating the 14th annual general meeting of Nepal Agricultural Co-operative Central Federation Ltd (NACCFL) here today, he said agriculture should be promoted to build production-oriented economy. Expressing concern over the situation of cultivable land remaining uncultivated on the one hand and the consumption of imported goods increasing on the other in the country, Finance Minister Sharma pointed out to the need of increasing the agricultural production through the maximum utilization of water, land and human resources. “The agriculture sector is neglected and the farmers are not getting the services and facilities they are entitled to from the State.
There is a need of special investment by the State to mobilize this sector in a systematic and organized way,” the Finance Minister suggested. He urged the NACCFL to play a role making important contribution to nation building by making the farmers business-oriented and self-sufficient. Finance Minister Sharma pledged the government’s full support for resolving the farmers’ problems. NACCFL chairperson Khem Bahadur Pathak said they have encouraged the poor and deprived farmers to increase the agriculture and livestock production and productivity by creating employment in the agriculture sector and mobilizing the scattered capital in the rural areas.
On the occasion, Ganga Devi Raute, a woman from the nomadic Raute commun