A long way to go be­fore achiev­ing food self-suf­fi­ciency

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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.

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