Kathmandu, October 6
It has been one month since prime ministers of Nepal and Bangladesh held a telephone conversation, in which Bangladesh agreed to lend 50,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser to Nepal.
But, officials say the fertiliser will arrive in Nepal only in late November. It will take still one and a half months for the fertiliser to come to Nepal as the company selected to import has not signed a contract yet, according to them.
A company from the United Arab Emirates was selected in the first week of September to import the fertiliser. However, the government-owned Krishi Samagri Company Limited says the complicated agreement procedure has not ended yet.
The company’s manager Netra Bahadur Bhandari says the Arab company will have to sign the contract by the end of this week. “Then, the fertiliser will arrive in at most 70 days.”
Bhandari hopes the fertiliser could be used for the farmers to apply to mustard and wheat crops December.