Call for treating agriculture as respectable profession

Kathmandu, April 13: Minister for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives Chakrapani Khanal today stressed the need for taking agriculture a respectable and dignified profession. 

"The state also should recognise and give an honourable status to farmers who play with soils," he said while inaugurating the 21st Flower Festival organised in the Capital by the Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN).

"Nepal is favourable environment for flower production and business. Now we should reach the state of its exportation."

Stressing the need for flower businesspersons to target the market to international level, he also asked them to bring an appropriate agenda for agriculture subsidy for its development.

Likewise, Member of Parliament from Kathmandu constituency 2 Rameshwor Phuyal recognised agriculture as a strong base for economic prosperity of the country.

FAN's President Kumar Kasaiju Shrestha urged the government for creating conducive environment for the market of agricultural products.

The Festival has begun at Bhrikutimandap today with the slogan "Flower trade for healthy environment and economic prosperity".

The Fair has a total of 82 stalls featuring various kinds of seasonable fruits, decorative plants and flowers, seeds of various vegetables and fruits and agricultural instruments.

Approximately 678 flower nurseries are into operation in 41 districts, and more than 43,000 people are engaged in it, according available data. The country imports 20 percent of flower from India annually to make up country's total demand for flowers.

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