Kathmandu, Oct 2: The Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD) has affirmed that nobody in Nepal have to die of food crisis. In a meeting called by the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee under the Legislature-Parliament here today to take stock of the current status of the food security in the country, the MoAD assured so.
According to the Chairperson of the Committee, Gagan Thapa, the meeting was called to deliberate on the food stock in the country following the unannounced border blockade by India to Nepal from September 23. Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture Bamdev Gautam argued that the blockade imposed to a landlocked country by the powerful nation was not in tune with time.
Although Nepal suffers food crisis occasionally due to the natural disaster like flood, drought and hailstorm that mar the produce, there is some 155,000 metric tonnes of food stock in the country, it was shared. Maize harvest usually takes place by September while millet harvest by October and rice by November. As many as 2,500,000 metric tonnes of rice is estimated to be produced in the country while 3,400,000 metric tonnes is consumed. It shows that the country clearly lacks around 800,000 metric tonnes of rice. The DoAD has asserted that if Nepalis are to change their food habit and lessen their dependency on rice by adopting wheat products for one time meal, none dies of food crisis in the country.