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Rains come to relief, but fertiliser shortage adds woes to farmers

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Kathmandu, June 28

The fertiliser shortage in Nepal is causing a lot of problems for farmers all across Nepal.

Despite the monsoon rains coming to their relief, a lack of fertilisers during the season of rice plantation is causing a lot of problems for farmers as only 10 per cent of arable land has been cultivated so far.

The chief of Agriculture Knowledge Center, Dil Bahadur Bista, says the government had to import below-par fertiliser to meet the demand.

Many farmers complain they have had to buy fertilisers for as much as Rs 2,500 per sack, which they feel is extortion.

“Many farmers are not able to transplant rice for a lack of chemical fertiliser,” says Sanjay Rana, a farmer from Bedkot municipality.

He adds that since there is no supply from the government, farmers are going to India to bring fertilisers. Even the police have stopped doing anything as they are allowing them to bring one sack a day as the municipality’s agriculture office only provided farmers half a sack of fertilisers.

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