40,000 metric tons of fertilizer imported from China still to arrive in Nepal
Tatopani customs in Sindhupalchowk. (File photo)
KATMANDU: The process of importing 40,000 tonnes of fertilizer purchased by Agriculture Inputs Company from China has encountered a problem. The fertilizer – 35,000 tonnes of urea and 5,000 tonnes of DAP – has yet to arrive in Nepal, according to Silk Transport Pvt Ltd president Ramesh Sherpa.
Silk Transport was awarded a contract to import fertilizers from the neighbor to the north. Nepalese farmers, long dependent on neighboring countries for fertilizers, have faced problems in their commercial agriculture due to the unavailability of fertilizers.
The concerned party has already requested the Nepalese prime minister to send a letter to the Chinese embassy in Nepal for its positive intervention aimed at securing the fertilizer from China to Nepal at the earliest, but to no avail, Sherpa added.
The letter signed by the Nepalese prime minister to the Chinese embassy called on the Chinese side to prioritize the shipment of fertilizers as soon as possible, he said.
Tatopani customs office agent Ganesh Prasad Poudel said that although the request has been made to the Chinese side to allow 20 freight vehicles to enter the Nepalese side from China, only 12 vehicles at most were allowed per day.
The government buying fertilizer from Bangladesh and India commissioned the last Salt Trading Company to bring in 4,000 tonnes of fertilizer from China for the first time.