Chandrauta, Kapilvastu: Farmers who have been dependent on vegetable farming for generations are now facing difficulties.
It seems natural for every sector to be affected when the Coronavirus epidemic has disrupted human lifestyles.
Vegetables are considered indispensable to run the lives of everyone from ordinary citizens to leaders, even if the world moves forward with the Covid-19. Of course, every country knows Nepal as an agricultural country.
Ironically, hard work pays off. Mahendra Kewat, a farmer of Kapilvastu’s Shivaraj Municipality-3, Sonbarshi says that he has been dependent on vegetable farming for generations.
The Kewat family, who have been dependent on the vegetable business for the past four generations on their own land of 18 katthas, said that they have been suffering a lot lately.
Kewat said that they were forced to produce vegetables as soon as the Coronavirus epidemic broke out but they were forced to sell them cheaply as they did not get a fair price.
He said that the families who have been earning more than NRs 500,000 annually are now in dire straits.
He said that even though the water supply system was not good, he was working for vegetable farming at a small cost.
He said that he has not received any grant from anywhere till now after embracing this profession for generations.
Kewat said that he was finding it difficult to make a living as he could not get good prices for his vegetables.
Farmer Kewat, who has been cultivating vegetables in his own field, said that he was observing the dire situation of the Covid-19 epidemic.
He said that even Ram Jit Kewat, who had been doing commercial farming in his village with him, was suffering like Mahendra.
They say that they will benefit from the local government if they are provided with improved vegetable seeds, fertilizers, and grants easily.
He also says: “We produce vegetables at a higher cost and because of the border with India, Indian traders have complained that they are being harassed when they are given cheaply.”
He expressed the belief that the local government would take a serious look at the issue and the situation would improve.
Farmers also say that it is necessary to give priority to local production by reducing the international vegetable import rate.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary