It seems likely that the country will fall short, in 2018-2019, of the output target for other farm products. The ministry’s statistics show, for example, that wheat production was 1.94 million tonnes against the target of 2.21 million tonnes. The country will also miss the target for potato production this year. According to the ministry, the country produced 3.08 million tonnes of potatoes, falling below the goal of 3.25 million tonnes. The production of pulses will also fall short of the target of 438,000 tonnes; output so far totals 369,000 tonnes. This is particularly unfortunate, given the importance of pulses in Nepal as a multi-purpose crop, providing a valuable if underestimated contribution to the diets of consumers, acting as both a subsistence crop and a cash crop for domestic and export markets, and also as a source of valuable nutrients for the soil.
By David Seddon Jan 27, 2019