Over 1.8 million farmers enlisted in Farmers Enlisting Programme

KATHMANDU, JUNE 19: Over 1.8 million farmers have been enlisted in the Farmers Enlisting Programme to date. The government launched the programme in 2077 BS to provide assistance and grants to farmers.

According to Mahananda Joshi, the Information Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, they are currently collecting details about farmers' produce and the land used for cultivation, among other things. Integrated statistics are being collected from all over the country. The plan is to provide assistance and in-kind support, such as fertilizers, seeds, and other facilities, to farmers through digital means.

The Agriculture Information and Training Centre has been coordinating the programme, which seeks to create a network of farmers on a single platform. This will enable the State to provide services and facilities to them through a one-door policy in the most convenient way. Farmers will receive an identity card, which will be the major basis for receiving State facilities. Additionally, a mobile application (App) will be launched to provide technical support and services to farmers.

Information about the farmers is being collected through the local government, said Information Officer Joshi, adding that the programme aims to enlist at least 1.2 million farmers in the upcoming fiscal year.