NEPAL FOS HOLD PRE-BUDGET DISCUSSION WITH MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT
On June 24th 2015, the pre budget discussion with Agriculture Minister and concern government official which was already in practice in Nepal was held at Kathmandu Nepal. At an interaction organized on Wednesday by MTCP2 National Implementing Agency, It was shared that the upcoming proposed budget in agriculture sector and contemporary peasants' issues. On the occasion, Joint Secretary of Agriculture Development Ministry Mr. Yogendra Karki revealed the forthcoming fiscal year programs and budget of 2015/16 proposed by agriculture development ministry. Furthermore, farmer's organization leaders demanded incorporating peasant's issues such as peasants' friendly budget allocation, establishment of peasants' desk in Agriculture Ministry,FOs engagement in seed bank, subsidy should be increased by effective utilization, additional subsidy for fertilizers and seeds in earthquake victim peasants so they can plant and harvest on time, strengthening of FOs and their capacity, marginal peasants' access in subsidized agriculture debt and so on. Also speaking on the occasion as a chief guest, the Minister for Agriculture Development Mr. Hari Prasad Parajuli said the budget has been prepared based on the concept of food sovereignty; Mr. Parajuli also assured that the issues raised by FOs in the interaction program will be definitely incorporated in upcoming budget. More than 60 persons including Agriculture Development Ministry's official along with the representatives of twelve national peasant organizations and the members of the National Peasants Coalition attended the program. The program was facilitated by Mr. Balram Banskota- Coordinator MTCP2 National Implementing Agency, welcomed by Mr. Bhanu Sigdel -Secretary of National Peasants Coalition, Chaired by Mr. Chitra Bahadur Shrestha -Sub Coordinator National Peasants Coalition, Nepal.