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  Agriculture sector has weakness in data: Secretary Dr Mishra   



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Karnali, Jan 20 : Secretary at the Karnali Province Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Dr Rajendra Prasad Mishra has termed ‘inadequacy of data’ as a prime weakness in agriculture sector.    
    
Making his concluding remarks at a three-day ‘Province-level Orientation on Farmers’ Indexing System’ organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Development Kathmandu and coordinated by Karnali Province Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives on Tuesday, he claimed that data was the main basis for planning and development in any sector.    
    
“If any problem prevails in agriculture that is data. We are slipping in the process of carrying out our works based on right data. We could not do proper works in agriculture in absence of factual data of the farmers”, he noted.    
    
Secretary Dr Mishra claimed that, “We can draw out a framework plan for perspective development once we enter the data into a system”.    
    
“Currently there are 298,000 households in Karnali Province. We can go nearby the fact by collecting data of 250,000 households. Registration of famers would start from mid-February once the training was conducted across the country”, Dr Mishra added.    
He said categorization of farmers can be done in the second phase only following the collection of data.    
    
Joint Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Prakash Kumar Sanjel said it was a mega campaign of the government to register farmers and manage their classification through software.    
    
The chiefs of agriculture and livestock service office of all 10 districts of Karnali who attended the programme said agriculture was a main source of livelihood of human life so the state mechanism should come up with data-based planning to promote agriculture across the country. 

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