Nepal and World Bank Sign Innovative FinancingAgreementon Forestsand Climate Change for Building Back Greener

Nepal and World Bank Sign Innovative FinancingAgreementon Forestsand Climate Change for Building Back Greener

The agreement of up to US$45 million will also promotesustainable livelihoods and land use in Nepal’s resource-rich lowlands.

Kathmandu — The Government of Nepal signed a landmark agreement with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), unlocking up to US$45 million to support Nepal to decrease carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through 2025. With this Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) in place, Nepal is expected to reduce 9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the Terai Arc Landscape. The agreement was signed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment,Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli on behalf of the Government of Nepal, and the World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos on February 24.

“This scale of results-based payments for emission reductions is a first for Nepal,” said Finance Secretary, Mr. Sishir Kumar Dhungana.

“Nepal’s Emission Reductions Program builds on more than three decades of successful community forestry,” saidFaris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. “The emissions reduction purchaseis one pillar of a strategic program on forest landscapes and climate action in Nepal. This innovative financing agreementwilladdress the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, helping incentivize further community action across the country.”

Nepal’s Emission Reductions Programin the Terai lowlands aims to lower rates of deforestation and forest degradation across 2.4 million hectares of land rich in natural resources, including 20% of the country’s forest cover. The Terairegion supports some of the most productive forests, richest biodiversity and most significant protected areas in Nepal. The regionalso has the highest population growth, urbanization, and economic development in the country, especially agriculture. As a result, natural resources in the Terai face significant threats that the emission reduction program helps address.

This initiative will also focus on improving community-based forest management, transferring user rights for national forests to local communities, improving integrated land use planning, promoting alternative sources of energy and strengthening capacity for protected area management.

“Forests in the Terairegion provide ecosystems servicesthat are critical for climate resilience, including watershed protection, and drought and flood mitigation,” says Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary for Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Environment.“This program will help us to protect the forests that are inextricably linked to the well-being of many communities here and across the country.”

This program also leverages support from other World Bank support on sustainable land management and social inclusion, and builds on complementary efforts financed by the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Nepal is the fifth country in Asia-Pacific and twelfth globally to reach such a milestone agreement with the FCPF, which together have unlocked over US$600m in results-based financing. Emission Reductions Payment Agreements are innovative instruments that incentivize sustainable land management at scale and help to connect countries with other sources of climate financing. Funding from the FCPF supports new opportunities to conserve and regenerate landscapes and biodiversity while simultaneously supporting more resilient, inclusive, sustainable and efficienteconomic growth – key for Nepal to build back better, and greener.

NIBL has been able to meet deposit of NPR 169 billion and maintain credit portfolio of NPR 155 billion

NIBL has been able to meet deposit of NPR 169 billion and maintain credit portfolio of NPR 155 billion

Kathmandu-Nepal Investment Bank Ltd. (NIBL) having reached the milestone of 35th year has been endeavoring to provide quality banking services through 87 Branches, 30 Extension Counters, 59 Branchless Banking Centers and 130 ATMs,spread across Seven Provinces of the Country.

Over the course of 35 years with the Capital Base of NPR 29 billion, the Bank has served over 1.2 millioncustomers ranging from Corporate, SMEs and Individuals and has been able to meetdeposit of NPR 169 billion and maintain credit portfolio of NPR 155 billion with banking facilities provided to deprived as well as national priority sectors contributing to uplift nation’s economy. The Bank has provided small loans of over NPR 5 billion directly to more than 30,000 individuals spread through-out the country for the needy.

On this auspicious occasion of the Bank’s 35th Anniversary, it has organized “Samman Rally”to express solidarity with Medical Personnel and Frontline Workers for their contribution during the global pandemic COVID-19. Further, the Bank has launched promotionalloan offer for the Health Workersat reasonableinterest rates.

The Bank has offered special discount of 65% on banking services viz. Debit Cards, Credit Cards including EMI, Locker, E COM/ Online Payments and SME / Retail loans.

On this occasion, the Bank has also launched its 3rd Comic Book named "Hamro Sukha Dukha Ka Sathi, Bank Kati Jaati". This initiative is in line with the comics-“A Visit to the Zoo” and “Bank SangakoNaata, Mero Aafnai Bachat Khata” promoting financial literacy launched during previous anniversaries.

Nepal Investment Bank Limited would like to extend its sincere thanks and gratitude to all the customers, stakeholders and regulatory authorities for their support and guidance.

Laws Still Restrict Women’s Economic Opportunities Despite Progress, Study Finds  Economic and social impact of COVID-19 pandemic reinforcing gender inequalities

Laws Still Restrict Women’s Economic Opportunities Despite Progress, Study Finds Economic and social impact of COVID-19 pandemic reinforcing gender inequalities

WASHINGTON –Countries are inching toward greater gender equality, but women around the world continue to face laws and regulations that restrict their economic opportunity, with the COVID-19 pandemic creating new challenges to their health, safety, and economic security, a new World Bank report says.

Reforms to remove obstacles to women’s economic inclusion have beenslow in many regions and uneven within them, according to Women, Business and the Law 2021. On average, women have just three-quarters of the legal rights afforded to men. Women were already at a disadvantage before the pandemic, and governmentinitiatives to buffer some of its effects, while innovative,have been limited in many countries, the report says.

“Women need to be fully included in economies in order to achieve better development outcomes,” said David Malpass, World Bank Group President. “Despite progress in many countries, there have been troubling reversals in a few, including restricting women’s travel without the permission of a male guardian. This pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities that disadvantage girls and women, including barriers to attend school and maintain jobs. Women are also facing a rise in domestic violence and health and safety challenges. Women should have the same access to finance and the same rights to inheritance as men and must be at the center of our efforts toward an inclusive and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Women, Business and the Law 2021measures the laws and regulations across 8 areas that affect women’s economic opportunities in 190 countries, covering the period from September 2019-October 2020.From the basics of movement in the community to the challenges of working, parenting, and retiring, the data offers objective and measurable benchmarks for global progress toward gender equality. Following the outbreak of the pandemic, this reportalso looks at government responses to the COVID-19 crisis and how the pandemic has impacted women at work and at home, focusing on childcare, access to justice, and health and safety. 

Overall, the report finds that many governments have put in place measures to address some of the impacts of the pandemic on working women.For example, less than a quarter of all economiessurveyed in the report legally guaranteed employed parents any time off for childcare before the pandemic.Since then, in light ofschool closures, nearlyan additional 40 economies around the world have introduced leave or benefit policies to help parents with childcare. Even so, these measures are likely insufficient to address the challenges many working mothers already face, or the childcare crisis.

The pandemic has also contributed to a rise in both the severity and frequency of gender-based violence. Preliminary research shows that since early 2020, governments introduced about 120 new measures including hotlines, psychological assistance, and shelters to protect women from violence.Some governments also took steps to provide access to justice in several ways, including declaring family cases urgent during lockdown and allowing remote court proceedings for family matters. However, governments still have room to enact measures and policies aimed at addressing the root causes of this violence. 

“While it is encouraging that many countries have proactively taken steps to help women navigate the pandemic, it’s clear that more work is needed, especially in improving parental leave and equalizing pay,”said Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, The World Bank.“Countries need to create a legal environment that enhances women’s economic inclusion, so that they can make the best choices for themselves and their families.” 

Despite the pandemic, 27 economies in all regions and income groups enacted reforms across all areas and increased good practices in legislation in 45 cases during the year covered, the report found. The greatest number of reforms introduced or amended laws affecting pay and parenthood.

However, parenthood is also the area that leaves the most room for improvement globally. This includes paidparental leave, whether benefits are administered by the government, and whetherthe dismissal of pregnant women is prohibited.Reforms are also needed to address therestrictions women face in the type of jobs, tasks, and hours they can work, segregating them into lower paid jobs. And in100 economies, laws do not mandate that men and women be paid the same for equally valued jobs. 

Achieving legal gender equality requires a concerted effort by governments, civil society, and international organizations, among others. But legal and regulatory reforms can serve as an important catalyst to improve the lives of women as well as their families and communities. Better performance in the areas measured by Women, Business and the Law is associated with narrowing the gender gap in development outcomes, higher female labor force participation, lower vulnerable employment, and greater representation of women in national parliaments.

Rastriya Bima Sansthan enters its 54th year :  Urge to focus on fast, quality and technology-friendly service delivery while increasing reliability

Rastriya Bima Sansthan enters its 54th year : Urge to focus on fast, quality and technology-friendly service delivery while increasing reliability


Kathmandu. The state-owned Rastriya Bima Sansthan has entered its 54th year of establishment. Addressing the annual festival held in the capital on Tuesday on the occasion of the corporation entering its 54th year, Chairman of the Insurance Committee Surya Prasad Silval urged to move ahead in the competitive insurance market.

Urging to focus on timely service delivery while institutionalizing the achievements so far by playing a leading role in the insurance sector of the country, he said,

He urged to extend the reach and scope of life insurance services to the general public and the poor by focusing on institutional good governance and financial transparency.

"Even though the committee is a regulatory body, it does not believe in control alone," he said. We are working on how to make it transparent and how to control it. '

Deputy Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank Chintamani Siwakoti urged the institution to move ahead by changing and modifying the business believing in competition.

Stating that the role of insurance sector would be important to ensure safe business while minimizing the risks in the business sector, he said that insurance business would be a solid pillar to achieve economic prosperity through inclusive economic development reflected by the country by building a self-reliant economy.

He pointed out the need to further contribute to the development and expansion of industry and business through the expansion of insurance access in the rural areas of Nepal where the access to insurance is very low.

Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Finance Dr. Prakash Kumar Shrestha pointed out the need to expand insurance access even though it has increased compared to the past.

He emphasized that the market share of the corporation, which is the oldest insurance company in the country, should also be the oldest.

Chairman of the Board of Directors Gangaram Kandel said that the corporation was established 53 years ago with full government ownership in the vision of a happy and prosperous society by developing the financial sector and minimizing the risks to the lives of the insured by mobilizing internal resources and means for proper economic growth of the nation.

He said that the insurance premium has skyrocketed due to the strengthening of the condition of the corporation due to the agreement to provide term life insurance to the employees. He said that the term life insurance, which has been made public on the day of the annual festival next year, aims to increase the insurance premium by extending the group insurance to government institutions, local bodies, banks and cooperatives.

Poet Prasad Pathak, administrator of the institute As of mid-April, life insurance service providers operating in Nepal have collected Rs 5.68 billion out of Rs 66.16 billion in insurance premiums and the market share of the corporation is 8.59 percent.

He said that the institute has succeeded in achieving the fourth position in the life insurance business on the basis of life insurance fund and the third position in terms of collection of insurance premiums. The total number of insurance articles in the same period was 9151,687 and the corporation was in the fifth place with 7,35,819 insurance policies, said Administrator Pathak. He said that the corporation would make more efforts to gradually increase its share in the Nepali insurance market.

Stating that share capital, insurance premiums received from life insurance business and return on investment of life insurance fund are the major financial resources of the corporation, he said that the available financial resources are managed in a safe and high return as per the policy, rules and directives received from the regulatory body.

He said that the reinsurance of the insured issued by the institute has been done by the company in international reinsurance in excess of its holding capacity.

Stating that the audit and general meeting of the corporation have not been held for a long time, he said, "This is the main problem of the corporation." Even the general meeting of the corporation could not be completed on time as the audit work would not be completed without actuarial valuation in life insurance. This situation has come up in the past due to lack of actuarial valuation. The corporation has completed the work of six-year actuarial valuation and sent it to the Insurance Committee for approval. The draft report of the actuarial valuation for the later period has been received from the insurer. '

Stating that the issues to be reconciled with the previous period's approval will be adjusted and sent to the committee for approval, he said, I look forward to the initiative. As soon as the reports and financial statements are approved by the committee, I express my commitment to finalize the audit work for the rest of the period and send it for approval. '

Informing that the general meeting of the remaining period will be held after the audit, he said, "The institute has been giving regularity to the internal audit and publishing the financial statements quarterly." To make the accounting system transparent and systematic, the work has been taken forward by appointing an auditor to implement NFRS.

The new product of the institute Term Life Insurance was unveiled at the event where the best performing agents, employees and branches of the institute were awarded.

वित्तीय कर्जाको सहजीकरण गर्न समझदारी

वित्तीय कर्जाको सहजीकरण गर्न समझदारी

काठमाडौं । नेपाल उद्योग वाणिज्य महासंघ र नेपाल बैंकर्स संघबीच वित्तीय कर्जाको सहजीकरण गर्न सहकार्य गर्ने सम्बन्धी समझदारी भएको छ ।

दुई संस्थाबीच लघु, घरेलु, साना तथा मझौला उद्यम (एसमएमई) को प्रवद्र्धन एवं संरक्षणका लागि वित्तीय कर्जालगायतको सेवा प्रवाहमा सहजीकरण गर्ने उद्देश्यले समझदारी भएको जनाइएको छ ।

समझदारीपत्रमा महासंघका अध्यक्ष शेखर गोल्छा र बैंकर्स संघका अध्यक्ष भुवनकुमार दाहालले हस्ताक्षर गर्नुभएको हो ।

समझदारीपत्रमा वाणिज्य बैंक र एसमएमईजबीच कर्जा लगायत वित्तीय सेवा प्रवाहलाई सहज, विश्वासनीय र जोखिमरहित बनाउने उल्लेख छ । त्यस्तै, एसमएमईजको क्षेत्रमा हुने सेवालाई प्रभावकारी बनाउन केन्द्रीय तथा प्रादेशिक तहमा संयुक्त कार्यदल गठन गर्ने र कार्यदलले आवश्यक नीतिगत सुझाव तर्जुमा गरी सम्बन्धित निकायमा समन्वय गर्ने तथा प्रदेशस्तरीय वित्तीय साक्षरता कार्यक्रम सञ्चालन गर्ने  पनि सझदारीपत्रमा उल्लेख छ ।

समझदारीपत्र हस्ताक्षर कार्यक्रममा महासंघका अध्यक्ष गोल्छाले मुलुकभित्र एसमएमईजको प्रवद्र्धनमा दुवै संस्थाबीच भएको समझदारी कोसेढुंगा हुने बताउनुभयो ।

बैकर्स संघका अध्यक्ष दाहालले दुई संस्थबीचको सहकार्यलाई  केन्द्रदेखि प्रदेशसम्मै लैजाने बताउनुभयो । उहाँँँले मुलुकभित्र ७४९ वटा स्थानीय निकायसम्म बैङ्किङ पहुँच विस्तार भइसकेको भन्दै सहकार्यपछि तल्लोतहसम्म सहयोग खोजिरहेका एसएमईजलाई थप सहयोग पुग्ने स्पष्ट पार्नुभयो ।

अन्तराष्ट्रिय श्रम संगठनका वरिष्ठ अधिकृत प्रकाश शर्माले एसएमईजको ८० प्रतिशत समस्या ऋणको सहज पहुँचको अभाव रहेको पाइएकोले समझदारीले त्यस्ता समस्या सम्वोधन हुने विश्वास प्रकट गर्नुभयो ।

Operation of Afanta network to promote small scale business and profession and develop entrepreneurship

Operation of Afanta network to promote small scale business and profession and develop entrepreneurship

Kathmandu. The social network called Afanta has come into operation with the objective of promoting small, home and small scale industries and businesses as well as developing entrepreneurship. Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Baikuntha Aryal made it public.

Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office Aryal urged the 'relatives' to make good use of it in a way that would help small entrepreneurs and market their products. Expressing his commitment to support the government, he said, "Don't let it get lost in the crowd of apps and networks." Connect products, markets, entrepreneurs. Make it easy for users. '

Shyamprasad, president of the Federation of Nepalese Home and Small Industries and president of Afanta Nepal Pralika, came up with the idea while searching for ways to easily market the products of the sisters, not only the pickles produced by the sisters in the village, but also the products of small and micro entrepreneurs. Giri said.

He said that the relatives have been promoted as a medium for exchanging information between agricultural, industrial and other local producers and wholesalers and retailers and consumers as well as for exchanging information between export producers and external buyers and traders. Giri said that relatives are also a means of interaction between non-Nepalese and Nepali community who love Nepal whether they live in Nepal or not.

You will be able to post photos, videos, articles, blogs and chat on other social networks like 'Afant'. According to Afant Nepal Pvt. Ltd., the operating company can sell any product to customers all over the world through 'Afant' rather than other social media. Its operator and editor, Tej Prasad Dhakal, said that the 'relative', which acts as a bridge between sellers and buyers, is an online common platform for Nepalis. Stating that the aim is to bring all Nepalis together in business, he said that it will be further refined.

The 'relative' platform, which provides employment and also helps those looking for work, will be able to keep detailed information about the manpower required by your company. Those who are looking for a job can also apply for the vacancy they think is suitable. "This is a good platform for small entrepreneurs," said Anjana Tamrakar of NPEDC. "Entrepreneurs are facing problems due to lack of market." This is a great opportunity. "

Kush Kumar Joshi, former president of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), said that the more relatives we have, the more we can use this app. Joshi said, "Through this network, goods produced in the corners of the country can be sold." The goods and goods produced in the villages can be sold through this platform, said relative Nepal Pvt. Ltd. We will focus on how to promote the enterprise business of ordinary Nepalis, "said Dhakal, the director of Afant Nepal." We plan to move forward with the federal, state and local governments. "The app can be downloaded in both Android and iOS versions.

Umesh Prasad Singh, acting president of the Federation of Nepalese Small and Household Industries, said that the kinship platform could be taken forward by linking it with business in a multi-dimensional manner. Stating that there is an opportunity to connect Nepalis living abroad with Nepal, Nepali and Nepali products, he said that producers with Nepali identity should be able to take advantage.

नेपालको माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा तयार गर्ने एशियामै पहिलो बन्यो/  जुनसुकै अवस्थामा पनि देश बनाउने लक्ष्यमा फेरबदल हुँदैन : प्रधानमन्त्री ओली

नेपालको माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा तयार गर्ने एशियामै पहिलो बन्यो/ जुनसुकै अवस्थामा पनि देश बनाउने लक्ष्यमा फेरबदल हुँदैन : प्रधानमन्त्री ओली

काठमाडौं । नेपाल सरकारले माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा तयार गरेको छ । माटोमा रहेको विभिन्न तत्व वा गुणहरु देखाउनका लागि जि.पि.एम.का माध्यमबाट कम्प्युटर प्रविधिको प्रयोग गरी तयार पारिएको नक्सा नै माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा हो । उक्त नक्साको बुधबार कृषि तथा पशुपंक्षी विकास मन्त्रालयले आयोजना गरेको एक समारोहका बीच प्रधानमन्त्री केपी शर्मा ओलीले माटोको डिजिटल नम्साको समुद्घाटन गर्नुभएको हो ।

मन्त्रालयका अनुसार देशैभरको माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा तयार गर्ने नेपाल दक्षिण एशियाकै पहिलो देश हो । दक्षिण एशियाका अन्य देशहरुमा पनि यो प्रविधिको माटोको नक्सा तयार ती केही जिल्ला, प्रदेश वा क्षेत्रमा मात्र सिमित छन् । त्यसअनुसार देशैभरको माटोको नक्सा तयार गर्न नेपाल पहिलो बनेको हो ।

माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा सार्वजनिक गर्दै प्रधानमन्त्री केपी शर्मा ओलीले जुनसुकै अवस्थामा पनि देश बनाउने आफ्नो लक्ष्यमा कुनै फेर बदल नआउने बताउनुभयो । प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले स्वार्थबाट लपेटिएका मानिसहरुमा यस्ता कुराले धेरै फरक पारे पनि आफूलाई फरक नपरेको पनि उहाँले बताउनुभयो । ‘उदय सविता रक्तो रक्तश्चास्तमये यथा । सम्पत्तौ च विपत्तौ च महतामेकरुपता’, सँस्कृतश्लोक उधृत गर्दै प्रधानमन्त्रीले भन्नुभयो । आफु जस्तोसुकै परिस्थितिमा पनि दृढताका साथ यो देश बनाई छोड्ने अभियान रहेको उहाँको भनाई थियो ।

प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले माटोको जिडिटल म्यापिङले नेपाली कृषिमा एउटा नयाँ युगको सुरुवात गरेको बताउनुभयो । ‘माटोमा कुन पोषक तत्व छ, कुन पोषक तत्व छैन वा बढी छ । रोग के छ र के गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने कुरा किसानले सजिलोसँग थाहा पाउनसक्छ’, उहाँले भन्नुभयो ।

किसानले आफूसँग कम्प्युटर नभए मोबाइल एप्स र त्यो पनि नभए हेर्न जान्नेसँग सम्पर्क गरेर आफू उभिएको जमिनको माटोको गुणस्तर जाँच्च सक्ने पनि प्रधानमन्त्रीले बताउनुभयो । जनतालाई देशमै उत्पादित वस्तुको उपभोगतर्फ आकर्षित गरिनुपर्नेमा प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीको जोड थियो ।

देशमा पर्याप्त उत्पादन भए पनि आयातित लाम्चो दाना भएको चामल तथा आयातित खानेकुरा बजारबाट किनेर खाने बानी हटाउनु पर्ने भनाई उहाँको थियो । ‘हामीसँग प्रशस्त खाद्यबाली छ । तर हामीलाई लामा सीटा भएका पालतलो चामल चाहिन्छ । खाने होइन ज्यूनार गरेजस्तो लाग्ने, भात होइन भुजा जस्तो लाग्ने’, प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले भन्नुभयो, ‘त्यो त्यही माटो चामललाई पेलेर लामो, पातलो बनाइएको नक्कली चामल हो । कुनै धान देख्नुभएको छ १ इञ्च लामो ? त्यो सब धोका हो । पेलेर लामो बनाइएका हुन् । सब नक्कली हुन् ।’

देशमा ६५ प्रतिशत  जनता कृषिमा आधारित भए पनि राष्ट्रिय आयमा २७ प्रतिशत मात्र योगदान रहेको भन्दै उहाँले प्रतिशतको तुलना अलि नमिलेको बताउनुभयो । यसलाई सन्तुलनमा ल्याउन उत्पादकत्वमा व्यापक वृद्धिमा जानुपर्ने पनि प्रधानमन्त्रीले बताउनुभयो । ‘ठूलो मात्रामा उत्पादन गरेमा हामीले निर्यात गर्न बजार पाउँछौं । तर त्यसका लागि गुणस्तर, सहज मुल्य र समयमै आपूर्ति गर्नसक्ने क्षमता आवश्यक छ’, प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले भन्नुभयो । कृषिमा दिइने अनुदानलाई दुरुपयोग नहुने गरी परिवर्तन गरिएको उल्लेख गर्दै प्रधानमन्त्रीले अब कृषिमा युवाहरुलाई आकर्षित गरिनुपर्ने समेत बताउनुभयो ।

सानो स्केलको उत्पादनले अब विकास नहुने भन्दै प्रधानमन्त्री ओलीले ठूलो स्केलको उत्पादनमा जानुपर्ने बताउनुभयो । उहाँले भन्नुभयो, ‘एक डोको भिण्डी, एक डोको करेला फलाएर बजार पाएन भन्नु बेकार हो । अब हामी ठूलो मात्राको उत्पादनमा जानुपर्छ । ठूलो मात्राको उत्पादन गर्नुस् सरकारले बजारको व्यवस्था गर्छ ।’

त्यस अवसरमा बोल्दै कृषि तथा पशुपंक्षी विकास मन्त्री पद्माकुमारी अर्यालले परम्परागत कृषि प्रणालीलाई आधुनिकीकरण गर्ने तर्फ माटोको डिजिटल म्यापिङ महत्वपूर्ण फड्को भएको बताउनुभयो । माटोको विद्युतीय नक्सांकन मार्फत किसानले आफ्नो जग्गाको माटोमा कुन तत्व पुग्दैन, त्यसलाई कसरी पूर्ति गर्न सकिन्छ ? कुन बालीको उत्पादन राम्रो हुन्छ ? कति मल प्रयोग गर्ने जस्ता जानकारी सहजै लिन सक्ने उहाँको भनाई थियो ।

आफू ३ वटै मन्त्रालयको नेतृत्वमा गइरहँदा ऐतिहासिक महत्व राख्ने महत्वपूर्ण कार्य गर्ने अवसर प्राप्त गरेको भन्दै उहाँले कृषि मन्त्रालयमार्फत दक्षिण एशियाकै पहिलो देश हुनेगरी माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा तयार गर्न सफल भएको बताउनुभयो । ‘सार्क क्षेत्रमै हामीले पहिलोपटक माटोको डिजिटल नक्सा बनाउन सफल भएका छौ । हामीले नक्सा निर्माण गर्यौ’, मन्त्री अर्यालले भन्नुभयो, ‘यसबाट माटोको अवस्था के छ ? के गर्दा उत्पादन बढाउन सकिन्छ ? गुणस्तरको अवस्था के छ भनेर पत्ता लगाएर त्यसअनुसारको कृषि कर्म अगाडी बढाउन सकिन्छ ।’ यो नक्सा कार्यान्वयनमा ल्याउदा कृषि क्षेत्रमा ठूलो क्रान्ति गर्न सकिने उहाँको भनाइै थियो ।

देशभरबाट कुल २३ हजार दुई सय ७३ वटा माटोको नमूना परिक्षण गरी तयार गरिएको यो नक्सांकनले कृषकलाई सम्बन्धित साइटमा गएर आफ्नो जग्गाको माटोका रसायनिक पक्षबारे विस्तृत जानकारी पाउनसक्छन् । नक्सांकन कार्यले किसानमात्र नभई नीति निर्माता, अनुसन्धान कर्ता, कृषि प्राविधिक निजी क्षेत्रका सेवाप्रदायक संघ संस्था, मल आयातकर्ता लाईसमेत माटो सम्बन्धी पूर्ण जानकारी दिनेछ ।

त्यस अवसरमा बोल्दै मन्त्रालयका सचिव योगेन्द्रकुमार कार्कीले दक्षिण एशियामै पहिलो पटक यस प्रकारको प्रविधि प्रयोग नेपालमा ल्याइएको जानकारी दिनुभयो । माटो व्यवस्थापनको लागि उक्त डिजिटल नक्सा कोसेढुंगा साबित हुने समेत सचिवा कार्कीको भनाई थियो ।

यसैबीच नेपाल कृषि अनुसन्धान परिषद्का प्रमुख डा. दिपक भण्डारीले २१ औं शताब्दी प्रविधिमा नक्साको प्रयोग उदाहरणीय भएको बताउनुभयो । नक्सालाई मोबाइल एपबाट पनि प्रयोगमा ल्याउने योजनामा रहेको समेत प्रमुख भण्डारीले जानकारी दिनुभयो । कार्यक्रममा भिडियो सन्देशमार्फत नेपालका लागि युएसएडकी मिसन प्रमुख सेपिडे केभानसाडले नेपाललाई बधाई ज्ञापन गर्दै यस प्रकारका सहयोगको लागि युस एड सदैव साथ रहने बताउनुभयो ।