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Nepal: Govt’s fish farming project flounders August 11,2017   |  Source: Kathmandu Post

The government’s plan to develop a fishery block under the Prime Minister Agriculture Modernisation Project in Chitwan district has hit a snag due to lack of interest shown by farmers in digging ponds. With farmers showing lacklustre interest in digging ponds to rear fish the, budget allocated by the government to extend as grant to the farmers has remained unspent. Out of Rs 30 million allocated for the development of a fishery, Rs 29.9 million was for the construction of the new ponds. However, Rs 23.8 million remains unspent.

The project’s plan was to prepare fish pond in 99 hectares of land, monitor the fish farms and provide training to farmers willing to start a fishery. In a bid to implement the plan District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), Chitwan had called for farmers interested in digging new ponds to apply in January. But only 80 farmers applied. The DADO then issued the notice for a second time, attracting 35 more farmers. Out of the total applicants, 74 farmers signed an agreement with the office. Of those who signed the agreement, 65 of them have completed construction of the ponds. Although a significant number of farmers applied for the grant, a portion of them did not sign the agreement according to Parshu Ram Yadav, fish development officer at

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