Nepal receiving Bangladeshi fertiliser 6 months after the process began

File: A chemical fertiliser store

Kathmandu, February 25

Nepal is all set to receive the first lot of chemical fertiliser it is importing from Bangladesh next week, almost six months after it began a procedure for that.

The government is purchasing 50,000 metric tonnes of urea from Bangladesh as per a government-to-government agreement. Of that, 22,500 metric tonnes have reached the Kolkata port now, and they will be here next week, according to the Krishi Samagri Company Limited, the government’s company assigned with the task.

Nepal will receive the fertiliser at three points, namely: Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, and Birgunj.

The two countries had initially discussed borrowing fertiliser from Bangladesh in September last year. Later, the government decided to buy it under a government-to-government agreement.

Nepal is suffering from the chemical fertiliser crisis since early last year due to different factors including the Covid-19 pandemic and the contractors’ failure to keep their promises.

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