Government’s Consideration of Expanding Power Grid to Farmlands

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KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17

The government plans to provide ‘agriculture meters’ to farmers as part of its initiative to promote agricultural production and enhance farmers’ self-reliance. These electricity meters are essential for irrigation purposes in farmlands.

If the plan progresses as intended, the government aims to extend the power grid to reach farmlands and meet the demands of farmers. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation will collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.

Additionally, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has been tasked with expanding the power grid, and the government has assigned top priority to the development of irrigation projects.

Minister for Energy, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, conducted discussions at the Ministry on Tuesday with the leadership of the National Farmers’ Commission, the NEA, and other stakeholders.

During the meeting, Minister Basnet emphasized that modernizing and commercializing the agriculture sector could lead to increased employment generation and food sufficiency.

 

Source: Himalayan Times