NA members stress on food sufficiency in Nepal


Kathmandu, June 11 : Members of the National Assembly (NA) have stressed the need for food sufficiency in the country, drawing the attention of the State to the need to be effortful towards that end.     

Airing views in a special session of the NA today, Bishnu Kumari Sapkota of Nepali Congress said it is unfortunate for an 'agricultural' country and the citizens here to rely on food imports.     

She demanded the government launch special programmes to achieve food security and sovereignty.     

Sumita BC of CPN (UML) urged the government to promote agro-based industries and agricultural production to ensure food sufficiency in the country.     

Narayan Datta Mishra of Nepali Congress, Sonam Geljen Sherpa of CPN (UML), Urmila Aryal of CPN (Maoist Centre), Madan Kumari Shah of CPN (Unified Socialist), Bishnu Bahadur Bishwakarma of CPN (Maoist Centre), Jhakku Prasad Subedi of CPN (Maoist Centre) and Bishnu Devi Pudasaini of Nepali Congress were among those airing their views in the special hour.     

The lack of better transport facilities, negligence on the part of contractors in the development endeavours, delayed post-quake rebuilding in districts such as Salyuan, Rukum and Jajalkrot, increasing problems of mental health, the deaths of two mules struck in the suspension bridge waiting for rescue, growing 'frustrations' among the people, increasing price rise and lack of the government apathy to control it were among the issues raised during the upper house special hour today.(RSS)

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