KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today said the government was working to formulate a new 20-year strategy to boost sustainable development of agriculture.
The government, which formulated an agriculture strategy in 1995, is preparing to formulate another by 2015, said the Prime Minister.
Addressing a three-day National Conference titled ‘Veterinarians for Safeguarding Animal, Human and Environment’, organised by Nepal Veterinary Association, Bhattarai called on all veterinarians to help draft an effective agriculture strategy.
For a country, where two out of three people are engaged in agriculture, Nepal lacks the technology to make people’s efforts count, said the prime minister. He added that people are still using old and ineffective ways of farming.
If farmers were to be given new ideas, then livestock farming would help improve their livelihoods, he said.
Bhattarai, a former finance minister, said farmers should have the option of insuring their livestock and steps must be taken to control zoonotic diseases. “Veterinary services are beyond the reach of a larger numbers of farmers,” said Bhattarai, adding that international guidelines must be followed to strengthen and expand livestock farming.
The conference is set to address issues on animal health and livestock production, zoonotic diseases, impact of climate change, animal welfare, emerging diseases and nutrition security.
Source: The Himalayan Times