Kakadbhitta (Jhapa), Nov. 22: A huge amount of grant allocated for farmers allocated for organic fertilizer and promotion of fragrant paddy is being frozen in Jhapa district due to lack of interest on the part of farmers.
Despite the District Agricultural Development Office, Jhapa, allocated millions of amount for the production of organic fertilizer and promotion of Basmati paddy and maize farming, no farmer has lodged application in the office so far seeking grant. Technical Assistant in the office, Shalikram Bhattarai, said that no farmer has lodged application though the office issued public notices from local FM radios and newspapers. The office has allocated more than Rs 11.7 million in grant for farmers in the current fiscal year for organic fertilizer and promotion of paddy and maize farming.
The office has got a total of Rs 22.8 million amount meant for providing farmers in grants under different topics. The government has allocated grant money for mushroom, irrigation and commercial vegetable farming too. The office, however, said that farmers have visited the office to receive the grant amounts for mushroom, irrigation and commercial vegetable farming.