Cabinet decided to import fertiliser 9 days ago, but agriculture ministry is still unaware

Ghanashyam Bhusal during a meeting, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Kathmandu, November 18

It has been nine days that the cabinet meeting decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of chemical fertiliser from Bangladesh. However, officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development say the decision has not reached there yet.

An official in the ministry says the process to implement the decision has not started yet as a copy of the decision has not been sent to the ministry.

“It seems the cabinet discussed the issue of fertiliser in detail. It is heard that a task force was formed to prepare for opening a fertiliser factory in Nepal,” the official says, “But, we have not received the decision. We do not know how the cabinet responded to our proposal. Therefore, the process has not started.”

According to the official, the ministry had proposed authorising the Nepali ambassador to Bangladesh to purchase the fertiliser.

Krishi Samagri Company Limited, the government-run company established to import goods necessary for agriculture, says the procurement process takes at least one month once it is begun.

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