A long way to go before achieving food self-sufficiency
around Nu 1.27bn worth of rice and there are no signs of fall while importing rice.
However, the chief planning officer said the ministry has proposed activities under the different programs that would improve food self-sufficiency and security.
“Agriculture consumes the highest percentage of water and water demand increases due to production intensification to keep pace with food demands of growing population,” he said, adding that irrigation is one of the important activities for agriculture.
“About four irrigation projects are ongoing, while 26 irrigation schemes are ready with designs and plans. Almost 25% of the total arable land (wetland) is assured irrigation. There are over 1,000 irrigation facilities in the country,” he added.
Meanwhile, establishing a network of agriculture marketing centers, supporting employment in agriculture and enhancing agriculture products are found as solutions, among others, to improve food selfsufficiency and security and to reduce import.