Is farming good for Nepalese?

Talking about good or not, I’ll be putting my thoughts about farming from an economic perspective.

About 80% of Nepalese are involved in Agriculture.

Nepal is still considered an under-developed country. It is very important for Nepal to develop at a rapid pace. And all that depends on the prosperity of the Nepalese people.

The majority of the population in Nepal are having an occupation of Agriculture. People can hardly maintain a good life with decent social status by the small benefit that they get from this occupation. It takes a lot of effort and due to plenty of availability of the products, farmers can hardly earn what they deserve to.

It takes several months for the crop to grow. The amount of money and time that they have to spend throughout the process of nurturing and growing it sometimes doesn’t even give a decent return.

It is because people are following the same trend and the same ways. Even though mankind and made so much progress in Agriculture, farmers are unable to make a decision and think out of the box to grow something that is off the trend. It always is usually the same: paddy, wheat, maize, sugarcane.

People are usually resilient towards change. So does feel about the farmers.

Only if they could think, all that matters, in the end, is money. Then maybe they could make a better decision. Because they aren’t going to eat all that they produce. Then, why can’t they think about it? Why can’t they just think about farming something unusual that can give them better returns? I wonder.

It is very important for the farmers to understand a little about the economics that more farmers grow paddy lesser valuable it will be.

The government of Nepal has not implemented any rules to buy all the products from the farmers at one (high) rate and manage the deployment nationally. If they had done so, farmers had nothing to suffer.

These kinds of rules don’t seem to be implemented soon in Nepal.

Considering some of my readers having agriculture as the family occupation, here’s a list of things that can help you:

  • Ask your parents to stop the mass production of paddy, wheat, maize, and other common crops. This will increase the demand. But, it will still take years to hike the price.
  • Ask your parents to involve in the farming of other products that has better benefits. There are several other farming that doesn’t require high skills and can give economic returns in shorter terms. I have listed some below.

Fish Farming

To dig a pond (by a dozer) in the area of about 2 Katha (1 bigha = 20 Katha) costs about NPR. 13,000/-. There are several types of fishes that could be put in it. Investment of about NPR. 10,000/- more can be done for the fishes. To feed the fishes, NPR. 1,500 per month can be invested. That can give a decent return even from a very small area of land. Or, if you don’t want to invest in feeding the fishes then, you can also grow grass-carps in the pond and feed them grass.

Vegetables grown at the bank of a fishpond

Poultry Farming

Chicken is a great source of protein for the human body. It is still consumed by several people in their meals. It requires some good understanding and a little training about the chicken before getting into the business. It can serve as a good source of income even with a small investment.

Dairy Farming

Dairy farming is a class of agriculture for long-term production of milk, which is processed for eventual sale of a dairy product. Several dairy products can be produced and be supplied locally. The business can be expanded according to the demands.

Tree Nursery

There are many new demands for the plants and so many climate activists are working to make the earth cleaner and greener. Growing the seeds of seasonal vegetables are also highly beneficial.

Mushroom Farming

Nowadays, the seeds for the mushroom is also provided by the municipalities for free. It can be very beneficial if done properly. I’ve seen many of the mushroom farmers that have grown it for the mass production in my village.

Vegetable Farming

Seasonal vegetables has a very high demand in the market. A simple greenhouse can also help the production in a scientific way in any seasons with a better protection.

Growing vegetables

There are several other businesses that can be started with a very small investment and also require very small land. You can look up on the internet and with the plenty of free knowledge available from the internet, you can make decisions on your own. Know more

To uplift your family’s and your villagers’ economic status, ask them not to work so hard in plowing the land, watering the field, planting the seeds, waiting for the seeds to grow, plucking them out, and planting the grown paddy again, using the fertilizers, watering and taking care for months, expecting floods not to take away everything, waiting for a little longer, harvesting it, and finally selling it when the price is higher. It feels so painful when I calculate the money they make by selling the huge pile of paddy.

I felt obliged to speak out. It is so painful to see so much land planted green with paddy and knowing that they will all make so little money. This monotonous way has to stop.

Please help them think out of the box.

By Dinesh Roy

I endorse everyone who is working for a cleaner and greener future. Earth is our home. Let's take care of our family and it's future by boycotting non-renewables as much as we can.

2 comments

  1. This was an informative post Roy and it seems the problems facing small scale farmers is the same across countries and diversification is the way to go

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