Nepal needs $20 million to resume agriculture: FAO

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KATHMANDU: About USD 20 million is needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal so that they can resume agricultural activities and stave off the threat of prolonged food insecurity, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Saturday.

For the current cropping season, FAO representative in Nepal, Somsak Pipoppinyo said that there is “a limited window to act” as rice seeds are needed to be distributed urgently before the start of the heavy monsoon rain which is expected to arrive in a few days.

Stating that the recent earthquake has also heavily disrupted agri-activities in the country, FAO said: “To date, only 13 per cent has been received of the $23.4 million in emergency agricultural assistance which FAO estimates is required, as part of the revised UN Flash Appeal for Nepal.”

Agriculture is a priority area as two-third of Nepalis depend on farming for their livelihoods. But the current level of…

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