Kathmandu, February 8
House of Representatives member Hridayesh Tripathi has demanded that the government scrap the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development as it has been working in favour of brokers and middlemen, not farmers.
Tripathi claims to be an independent lawmaker, but technically he is a member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party as he had contested the 2017 elections as a CPN-UML candidate. The UML has now been merged into the NCP.
He adds that the government favoured interests of traders and big businesses, not farmers, while decided prices for sugarcane and sugar recently.
The lawmaker says the government has been spending nominal amount for farmers though millions of rupees are allocated in their name every year.
Speaking at a meeting of the House of Representatives on Friday, Tripathi said, “Everything is spent in the name of farmers, but not for them. The farmers are ignored every time irrespective of which party leads the government.”
Published on February 8th, Friday, 2019 3:48 PM