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Petroleum products not to be distributed from NOC depots on July 16 (kh 14/07/2024)

No shortage of chemical fertilizers in Madhesh this year (kh 11/07/2024)

Importance of digitizing Nepal’s supply chain, by Rajan Sharma (ae 05/07/2024)

Cooperatives halt fertiliser supply in paddy season : Most cooperatives in Parsa say quotas allocated to them are small, which sows seeds of quarrel with the farmers and local politicians, by Shankar Acharya (kp 04/07/2024)

Capital grapples with petrol shortage as tanker drivers protest (with photos), by Chirayu Shakya (kh 17/06/2024), Tanker drivers, NOC reach agreement, fuel transport to resume today (kh 17/06/2024), Fuel crisis sparks chaos in Valley, resolved by late afternoon : Petroleum workers abruptly stopped supplying to private fuel stations demanding social security coverage and minimum wages, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/06/2024)

India lifts onion export ban but traders say price in Nepal could double : The neighbour shifted onion export from ‘prohibited’ to ‘free’ but imposed a minimum export price of $550 per tonne, by Krishana Prasain (kp 06/05/2024) [And why is Nepal neglecting agriculture and not growing enough onions itself?]

Chemical fertilizers imported from China being transported to Kathmandu (rep 19/04/2024)

NOC plans to set up chemical fertilizer factory to reduce import dependency (rep 10/04/2024)

Hunger is a Serious Problem in South Asia, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 06/04/2024)

Bajura sells food grains, but reels under rice shortage : Experts attribute growing preference among the district residents for rice over local crops as one of the factors for the scarcity, by Arjun Shah (kp 28/02/2024)

Chemical fertilizers stored in Tatopani customs warehouse for 10 months (rep 20/02/2024)

Govt urges early initiation of fertilizer procurement process (rep 23/01/2024)

Onion smuggling thrives after Indian export ban : The staple has become expensive in Nepal. Due to the price differences in Nepal and India, it has become a lucrative business for smugglers, insiders say (kp 08/01/2024)

India’s export quota on non-basmati rice to Nepal comes with slew of restrictions : Rice importers say under the current quota arrangement, imported rice will be dearer by over 30 percent in the local market (kp 05/01/2024)

India allows Nepal to import rice on quota basis : On Sunday, the supply ministry published a notice requesting Nepali importers to approach the Indian state-owned supplier (kp 26/12/2023)

One year of government: Supply chain of chemical fertilisers eased (kh 25/12/2023)

Traders look north as demand for onion rises : After Chinese onions started to arrive, Indian authorities have quietly permitted the export of the essential kitchen ingredient to Nepal, despite the sweeping ban announced on December 8, by Krishana Prasain (kp 25/12/2023)

Nepal to request India for onion supply : Officials say they are also discussing with importers the possibility of importing the vegetable from China and Pakistan (kp 19/12/2023)

Businessmen demand duty exemption for 1 million tons of rice as existing stock is enough only for three months (rep 13/12/2023)

India imposes ban on onion exports until March 2024 (kh 08/12/2023), After wheat, rice and sugar, India bans onion exports : Friday’s ban, according to the market observers, would send the price of the vegetable to over Rs200 per kg in Nepal’s retail market. It is already in short supply (kp  09/12/2023)

Kathmandu Valley faces shortage of potatoes and onions after traders halt supply (rep 07/12/2023)

Humla hit by food crisis (rep 06/12/2023)

Four months into the fiscal year, Gorkha villages finally get rice : The government has been selling rice in the food-insecure northern villages of the district at a subsidised rate, by Hariram Upreti (kp 04/12/2023)

A bitter taste : Nepal’s high dependence for sugar in other countries is a self-inflicted wound (kp 24/11/2023)

Government to ensure no sugar shortage during Tihar (kh 03/11/2023) [But sugar is unhealthy!]

Delayed rice supply dampens Dashain joy in Jajarkot (ae 20/10/2023)

India lifts ban on rice export, allows export of 95,000 tons of rice to Nepal (rep 18/10/2023), India allows export of 95,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice to Nepal : Nepal had formally asked the Indian government for export quotas of 100,000 tonnes of rice and 50,000 tonnes of sugar in the first week of August, following export curbs by the southern neighbour (kp 19/10/2023)

Karnali has annual 19,116 metric tons food grain deficit (kh 18/10/2023)

Global index shows ‘moderate level of hunger’ in Nepal. Ranks 69th : Experts say people have started spending less on food as their incomes have stagnated, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/10/2023)

Bajura folk despair as rice depots empty ahead of festivals : The Food Management and Trading Company points to a delay in appointing a transport contractor as the cause, by Arjun Shah (kp 13/10/2023)

Sugar shortage likely due to delayed import process : On September 13, the Finance Ministry approved the import of 20,000 tonnes of sugar for the festive season (kp 30/09/2023)

Food for festival : It is a minimum necessity to celebrate a long-awaited festival and the state must ensure it (kp 26/09/2023)

Big festivals near but food depots in Darchula are empty : There are 13 food depots in the district. Many local residents depend entirely on the supply as local production barely covers them for six months, by Manoj Badu (kp 24/09/2023)

Jajarkot reeling under food shortage, by Rajendra Karki (ae 21/09/2023)

Analyzing procurement laws in relation to local government procurement : When winning bids are considerably below the cost estimates the quality of the project is compromised. It also directly hinders project completion resulting into defaults and delays, by Ashesh Shrestha (nlt 15/09/2023)

Nepal to import 20K tonnes of sugar to prevent price hikes : The retail price of the popular sweetener has jumped from Rs110 to Rs130 per kg in less than two weeks, say traders, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/09/2023)

Food crisis looms large in Nepal, by Sabitri Dhakal (ae 14/09/2023)

Government has stock of food grains that can sustain three month demand (rn 05/09/2023)

Securing food for remote districts (ae 04/09/2023)

Nepal passed over for rice export quotas : Officials say India has not responded to Nepal's request for export quotas of paddy, rice and sugar, by Krishana Prasain (kp 01/09/2023)

Onion disappears from market as India slaps export tax : Nepal imports almost all its onion requirement from India, and the tax has created shortages in the domestic market, by KLrishana Prasain (kp 23/08/2023)

India bans rice exports, Nepali consumers feel the impact : Price of rice of non-basmati variety has increased by up to Rs 250 per sack in Nepali market after the government of India imposed export ban on July 20, by Kalpana Ghimire (nlt 08/08/2023)

Unveiling Resolutions for Managed, Sustainable Food Economics, by Nisha Jha (kh 08/08/2023)

Let them eat rice : Nepal does not grow enough rice to feed its population, and without imports from India, the shortfall will be acute. Nepal used to sell rice. Now it can’t do without buying it, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/08/2023)

Govt to import 1 million tons of paddy and 100,000 tons of rice to avoid possible shortage of food grains (rep 05/08/2023)

Fear of food crisis as multiple problems hit paddy production : Lumpy skin, low monsoon rainfall and slow transplantation have raised possibility of a reduced harvest, experts say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/08/2023),
Rice for thought : Coming months will be challenging for farmers, consumers and national economy as a whole (kp 01/08/2023)

Grain drain : Covid, climate and conflict have combined to make hunger more acute in Nepal, by Chandra Kishore (nt 28/07/2023)

Delays and price issues leave tonnes of urea stranded at Tatopani : As the private supplier could not import the chemical fertiliser on time, the Agriculture Inputs Company, the buyer, is hesitant to receive the consignment, by Anish Tiwari (kp 22/07/2023)

Import of daily essentials through Biratnagar border point to face stricter regulations (rep 12/07/2023)

outh Asia struggles to address hunger as inflation soars : Floods in Pakistan, drought in India and the changing patterns of monsoon in Nepal are making it difficult to attain sufficent food production, experts say, by Subin Adhikari (kp 12/07/2023)

The Karnali’s hunger emergency : The government’s fortified flour scheme is not a long term solution to the region's chronic food insecurity, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 07/07/2023)

 shortage of food grains during rainy season: Ministry (kh 04/07/2023)

Nepal imported paddy, rice worth over Rs 33.6 billion in 11 months of current FY (rep 30/06/2023), Instead of succumbing to India’s undue influence, engage in paddy plantation: Balen tells leaders (kh 01/07/2023)

Food distribution centres set up in north Gorkha : The residents of far-flung settlements in Chumnubri Rural Municipality express relief, by Hariram Upreti (kp 23/06/2023)

71,000 metric tons of chemical fertilizers secured, no shortages anticipated this year: PM Dahal (rep 23/06/2023)

Preparedness Must For Food Security, by Namrata Sharma (rn 21/06/2023)

Food insecurity, undernourishment deepen in South Asia: Report (kh 19/06/2023)

No chemical fertiliser shortage this paddy season, agriculture ministry says : This fiscal year, the ministry requested funds in mid-February to import fertiliser for paddy transplantation (kp 13/06/2023)

Rice-short residents of Saipal demand a food depot : Rice-supplier private firm Jalpa Devi Supply Company is accused of selling subsidised rice on the black market, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 30/05/2023)

India clears export of 300,000 tonnes of wheat to Nepal : Media reports say India has permitted exports of food grains to Nepal, Indonesia, Senegal and Gambia as part of its economic diplomacy, by Krishana Prasain (kp 29/05/2023)

Mugu villages reeling under food shortage (rep 21/05/2023)

Starving Saipal residents crying for food (kh 09/05/2023)

Around 3,000 people in Saipal of Bajhang reeling under food shortage : Residents of Saipal Rural Municipality need over 4,000 quintals of rice per year, but the government has provided a subsidy for only 2,500 quintals. So far, the contractor has supplied only 1,750 quintals of rice this year, by Arjun Poudel (kp 08/05/2023)

Nepal’s dairy sector flags severe milk shortage : The state-owned DDC and privately-owned Nepal Dairy Association and Dairy Industry Association have requested the government to lift the ban on imports of skimmed milk powder to prevent shortages, by Pawan Pandey (kp 19/04/2023)

Nepal looks to India easing its wheat export quota restriction to address domestic shortage : Domestic suppliers may already have started hoarding wheat, says Nepal Flour Mills Association executive, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/04/2023)

Flour industry seeks increase in Indian wheat export quota : Nepali flour producers have been urging the government to request India to provide 200,000 tonnes of wheat, by Krishana Prasain and Mohan Budhaair (kp 22/03/2023)

Buying salt becoming a challenge for outlying Mugu villages : Locals have to make an arduous, costly two-day journey to Gamgadhi to buy subsidised salt, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 16/03/2023)

People of Karnali spend Rs 2500  to buy salt worth Rs 45! (rep 13/03/2023)

Three out of 1,080 bags of rice were found discolored and ‘damaged by seawater’ during shipping: WFP Nepal : Following media reports that the rice set to be distributed by the United Nations World Food Program was of inferior quality, the organization’s Nepal office has asked the authorities to address the issue in a timely manner (nlt 05/03/2023)

Flour mills hit as India controls wheat exports : Reduced shipments could result in a flour shortage in the market, and that may push up prices, traders say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/02/2023)

Fertiliser subsidies likely to hit record Rs39 billion : Despite spending so much on fertiliser subsidies, the expected rise in food production has not happened, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/02/2023)

State of hunger in Nepal, in the world : Though Nepal stands at a moderate level of hunger, countries in South Asia in general face the highest level of hunger and the global hunger situation remains grim, says the 2022 Global Hunger Index (nlt 29/01/2023)

50,000 metric tons of wheat required to address shortage (rep 27/01/2023), Mill operators urge govt to import wheat citing flour shortage (ht 27/01/2023), 85 percent of flour mills shut after India restricted wheat export : India imposed a ban on wheat export on May 13 last year after unseasonably hot weather affected the wheat crop sending local prices soaring, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/01/2023)

Jumla suffers massive milk deficit : A Nepali consumes 72 litres of milk and dairy products annually, while the recommended requirement is 91 litres. But in Jumla, the per capita milk consumption is only 4 litres, by DB Budha (kp 27/01/2023)

Food crisis hits Bajura's Rudi village (ht 21/12/2022)

Ensure smooth fertilizer supply (ae 08/12/2022)

India to export 600,000 tons of unmilled rice to Nepal (kh 02/11/2022)

Distribution of chemical fertilizers begins nation-wide, by Basanta Dhungana (rep 01/11/2022)

NPC recommends opening concession food shops in all municipalities (kh 28/10/2022)

Children in northern Darchula deprived of mid-day meal : Scores of students have been left without the government-provided mid-day meal as landslides and floods disrupt food supply from the district headquarters, by Manoj Badu (kp 11/10/2022)

Consumption of petroleum products goes up by 75 percent : As people have started leaving Kathmandu Valley to celebrate Dashain, a long queue of vehicles is seen at some petrol pumps for fuel (nlt 30/09/2022)

Salt provided under grant reaches Humla after a year (rn 30/09/2022) [???]

Rice eaters face rising prices after India strangles supply : The southern neighbour initiated the move to boost supplies and calm prices after below-average monsoon rainfall curtailed planting, by Krishana Prasain (kp 25/09/2022)

Karnali residents have no grains ahead of festivals : Rice shortage is a perennial problem in the far-flung districts and government help is too little too late, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 17/09/2022)

Aviation fuel supply stopped at three airports including Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport (rep 10/09/2022)

Fair price shops to offer bitter surprise : Outlets not to sell sugar this year due to India's export ban, by Kiran Lama (rn 08/09/2022)

Mountain districts face shortage of rice : The shortage is caused by delay in the transportation of grains by the contractors, officials say, by Raj Bahadur Shahi and DB Budha (kp 14/08/2022)

NOC to build fuel storage tank of 8.7 million liters at Amlekhgunj, by Dilip Poudel (rep 07/08/2022)

Fuel demand in Province 1 drops by half (rn 03/08/2022)

Nepal inks deal with India to import chemical fertilizer for five years (kh 28/07/2022)

Can’t import food forever : We should work hard towards improving food security domestically (kp 27/07/2022)

Looming food crisis : The state has never taken food shortages seriously because of the false security net—the Indian market, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 13/07/2022)

Nepal Oil Corporation’s outstanding dues to its Indian supplier rise to Rs30 billion : There is, however, optimism that the financial situation of the national oil monopoly will improve after petroleum prices started to decline in the international market amid global recession fears, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/07/2022), Is Nepal Oil Corporation’s proposal to government rationale? Suffice to say, these recommendations are neither suitable for the short-term, nor are they viable long-term measures. In fact, it would pose even greater risks in the lives of the people as well as the economy as a whole, leaving everyone worse-off, by Anoushka Pant (nlt 11/07/2022), Government to provide Rs seven billion loan to NOC (nlt 17/07/2022)

Energy : Can Nepal reliably reduce fuel imports?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 07/07/2022)

Proposal to limit 5 litres to two-wheelers and 20 litres to four-wheelers (rn 04/07/2022)

Oil Corporation increasingly anxious about piling debt to its Indian supplier : Near bankruptcy, public utility has outstanding payment dues worth Rs22 billion and the sum is expected to rise, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/07/2022)

Nepal’s dependency on rice increasing, annual import touches Rs 50 billion : Rice, the staple crop of the country, is grown in around 1.5 million hectares of land and it requires around 6 million metric tonnes of rice annually to feed around 30 million population of the country (nlt 02/07/2022)

Nepal sets ambitious target for food sufficiency : The government plans to reduce crop imports and increase domestic production despite a lack of irrigation and fertiliser, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 01/07/2022)

Making our own fertilizer : The country is worryingly short of chemical fertilizers, urea especially, this plantation season (ae 30/07/2022)

Fuel import from Birgunj transit up by 78 percent (kh 23/06/2022)

Nepal imports petroleum products of Rs 267.3 billion in 11 months (kh 22/06/2022)

Rethinking fertilizer subsidy : The government should work towards gradually removing regulatory barriers as well as subsidies in fertilizer import. For as long as these prevail, the private sector cannot enter and compete, by Ayushma Maharjan (nlt 20/06/2022)

Desperate farmers seize fertilisers in Dhading : The smuggled farm inputs were being escorted to Kathmandu when people intercepted trucks and ran away with sacks, by Sarita Shrestha (kp 19/06/2022)

Fertilizers to be distributed from June 20 (rep 17/06/2022)

Chemical fertilizers as DAP imported, urea coming soon: Salt Trading (kh 14/06/2022)

Parliament tells government to ensure chemical fertilisers anyhow : Fertiliser shortages have gripped the world, raising concern about a food crisis if production falls short of targets, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/06/2022)

Flood of contraband sugar causing glut in market : Nepal’s annual sugar demand is 260,000 tonnes, the country produced 105,000 tonnes of the household sweetener in the last fiscal year, by Krishana Prasain and J Pandey (kp 12/06/2022)

Nepal scrambles to secure fertilisers as paddy season begins : Minister in Delhi as India seeks details from Kathmandu to tide over crisis of essential farm inputs like urea and DAP, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/06/2022), Nepal clears hurdles to import fertiliser from India to tide it over paddy season : To fast-track the process, the Cabinet has opened the way for a rush shipment of vital crop nutrients, officials say, by Sangam Prasain and Anil Giri (kp 08/06/2022), 80, 000 metric tons of fertilizers to be imported from India, by Dilip Poudel (rep 08/06/2022)

Delhi's sugar export curbs likely to hit market (ht 26/05/2022) [Don't worry, it will be good for the health of the citizens!], Let's be self-reliant : The govt must encourage our farmers to grow more sugarcane by offering them additional incentives (ht 27/05/2022)

Fertiliser shortage haunts farmers ahead of looming paddy season : Fertiliser shortage is major problem repeating every crop season in the past several years, by Binod Bhandari and Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 25/05/2022) [It is the same every year, no matter which incompetent government is in power!]

On petro business, policies have been utterly inconsistent for many years : Several task forces have recommended ending the monopoly of Nepal Oil Corporation. Deregulation of fuel business becomes an agenda when losses are reported, by Sangam Prasain and Krishana Prasain (kp 24/05/2022)

Ukraine War and Risk of Food Insecurity in Nepal, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 16/05/2022)

Don't panic, no shortage of cooking gas, say LPG bottlers (ht 04/05/2022)

Global Paper Crisis: Impact On Nepal, by Chiranjivi Sharma (rn 29/04/2022)

Villagers in North Gorkha rely on mules to bring in essential goods : People of the remote villages have to pay three times the actual cost to bring in essentials, including food, clothes and construction materials, on mules, by Hariram Upreti (kp 24/04/2022)

Govt curtails fuel expenses by 20 percent : Nepal is running low on foreign reserves and it can finance imports of goods and services for just six months (nlt 18/04/2022), Govt cuts fuel allowances being given to civil servants by 20 percent (rep 19/04/2022)

Experts warn against supply cuts as daily fuel imports hit Rs1 billion : Fuel accounts for 14.1 percent of Nepal’s imports. Officials believe curbing imports can put economy back on track, by Krishana Prasain (kp 13/04/2022)

The geopolitics of food : Far-reaching consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict on child hunger in poor countries, by Sonia Awale (nt 08/04/2022)

NRB suggests halving import of petroleum imports (kh 06/04/2022),  Govt to provide Rs 4.20 bn to NOC to pay IOC for fuel import (rep 06/04/2022)

Nepal imports paddy and rice worth about Rs 37 billion in eight months (kh 05/04/2022)

Fuel crisis : The people must eventually learn to consume less of those things that we do not produce, such as fuel (ht 05/04/2022)

Long Queues At Govt Petrol Pumps As Private Pumps Remain Closed (rn 02/04/2022), Government directs authorities to ensure smooth supply of petro products (kh 02/04/2022), All petrol pumps to open from 8 am today (kh 03/04/2022), Fuel shortages fears trigger panic buying : Agitating distributors, who are demanding fare hike, agree to resume supply as Oil Corporation commits to addressing their issues, by Krishana Prasain and Shuvam Dhungana (kp 03/04/2022), Supply of petroleum products in Kathmandu Valley eases following agreement (rep 04/04/2022)

Five times more betel nuts than demand imported: Report (kh 05/03/2022)

Petrol pump owners disrupt national fuel supply system (kh 04/03/2022), Private gas stations refuse to buy fuel from NOC, fuel shortage likely (rep 04/03/2022), Petroleum dealers demand a bigger cut after price hike, threaten to disrupt supply : Fuel prices have increased but the commission has not, the Nepal Petroleum Dealers National Association says, by Krishana Prasain (kp 05/03/2022)

Nepal, India sign agreement for supply of fertilizers (nlt 28/02/2022)

Severe fertiliser crisis looms as government continues to fumble : Sources say that government will not be able to meet even half of the chemical fertiliser requirement which may trigger farmer protests during the proposed local elections in May, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/02/2022)

Apihimal rural municipality at high risk of acute food insecurity (kh 16/02/2022)

Karnali residents suffer from salt shortages every year : Understaffed salt depots and mismanagement on part of relevant authorities forcing villagers to buy the commodity from traders at exorbitant prices, by Krishna Prasad Gautam and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp) [Continued neglect by government and administration!]

Acute food crisis hits Rudhi village in Bajura (ht 08/02/2022), Food crisis looms large with drought in Bajura district (ht 15/02/2022)

Continuous snowfall since December disrupts supply chains in Saipal : First the November floods affected food supply, then came snowfall. Now villagers face a looming shortage of essentials, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 30/01/2022)

A case of sheer govt negligence: Over 7,000 tons fertilizer dumped to rot at Birgunj dry port, by Narayan Neupane (rep 24/01/2022), Rotten fertiliser : How can we expect agriculture growth in the country when the concerned officials do not take decisions on pressing issues? (ht 26/01/2022)

Nepal Oil says it is bankrupt, further price rises foreseen : Situation is so bleak that it is back to the bad old days when the loss-making, cash-strapped public enterprise used to ask the government for handouts to import fuel, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/01/2022)

NOC in dilemma of whether taking loans for fuel purchase (rep 18/01/2022)

Nepal reeling under fertilizer shortage as China reluctant to supply it on time : 38,500 metric tons of fertilizer stuck in China, by Eak Raj Bastola (kh 17/01/2022)

Food depots in Humla run out of stock (rep 09/01/2022)

Govt blames ‘odd situation’ in int’l market for its failure to import chemical fertilizers on time (rep 03/01/2022)

Farmers complain of fertilizer shortage during wheat sowing season (rep 26/12/2021)

Acute shortage of essential medicines at government health centres in Mugu : The district is in dire need of medicines since the number of patients suffering from fever, typhoid, asthma, common cold, diarrhoea and vomiting is on the rise with the onset of winter, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 06/12/2021), The Nepali state in the Himalaya : The food shortage in Limi Valley has highlighted Nepal’s weak state presence in the Himalayan borderlands, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 10/12/2021)

Fertiliser crisis could spell economic disaster, experts warn : Essential farm nutrients could be in short supply in Nepal amid global shortages, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/12/2021) [This does not interest Nepal's politicians at all, as it has nothing to do with their power ambitions!]

Subsidised salt remains unsold in northern Gorkha : The residents of Samagaun and Chhekampar have to walk for two days to reach the food depots in Philim or Salleri to buy salt, by Hariram Upreti (kp 26/11/2021)

Food depots in Mugu district empty as contractors delay supply of subsidised rice : District residents have to pay higher prices to buy the grain from local markets, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 23/11/2021), First duty of the state : The government must ensure judicious use of resources to maximise its social welfare output (kp 24/11/2021)

25,000 tons of DAP fertilizer imported by AICL arriving in Nepal soon (rep 22/11/2021)

Farmers in Far West hit by chemical fertiliser shortage : Due to escalating global prices, the government company responsible for supplying imported fertilisers is having a hard time finding sources, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 12/11/2021)

Lumbini Province is self-sufficient in food production, officials say : The province produced 2.51 million tonnes of food, resulting in a surplus of 445,000 tonnes, according to officials, by Madhav Aryal (kp 04/11/2021)

1,500 metric tons of chemical fertilizers stuck at Tatopani checkpoint due to unofficial China blockade (kh 19/10/2021)

Global coal supply shortage may hit Nepal too, manufacturers say : They have warned prices of building materials could  skyrocket during the peak construction season, by Krishana Prasain (kp 11/10/2021)

Rice airlifted to Gorkha villages hit by shortages : Residents of Chhekampar and Chumchet complain that the recent supply is too little to meet the demand. Landslides have blocked the only  foot trail that links the settlements, by Hariram Upreti (kp 30/09/2021)

Bajura stares at food shortages ahead of major festivals : While Food Management and Trading Company Limited has stopped selling subsidised rice, food prices in the local market have skyrocketed due to transport disruption, by Arjun Shah (kp 24/09/2021)

Government allocates record Rs15 billion for fertiliser supply : The entire budget allocation may be enough to procure 350,000 tonnes of fertiliser for this fiscal year, still 50,000 tonnes short of the desired 400,000 tonnes, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/09/2021)

NFC depots in Bajura closed after shortage of rice (ht 21/09/2021)

Nepal less and less able to feed itself : Growing population, rising income and stagnant domestic production mean more dependence on food imports to meet growing demand, by Ramesh Kumar (nt 10/09/2021)

Food shortage looms as rice supply to Gorkha villages halts : The only foot trail linking the settlements to the rest of the district got damaged by landslides two months ago, by Hariram Upreti (kp 06/09/2021)

Supply chain goes haywire as constant rain soaks country : Vegetable prices soar with the start of festival season while traders blame shortages as usual. If the rains continue, prices will keep on rising, they say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 04/09/2021)

Mules being used to transport food to Upper Manang (kh 28/08/2021)

Chemical fertiliser shortage is a perennial  problem. It stems from multiple factors : An audit report says in the last three years, the government has been able to supply only 63 percent of the fertiliser need. There is no clarity on the current actual requirement, by Sangam Prasain (kp 27/08/2021)

Severe food crisis looms large in Bajura district (ht 24/08/2021)

Food shortage looms in Byas villages after landslides disrupt foot trails : Local residents have been unable to bring in food and essentials from India after Sashastra Seema Bal  personnel cut off all improvised cable crossings across the Mahakali river around two weeks ago, by manoj Badu (kp 18/08/2021)

Food bank at Barekot to address food crisis (kh 17/08/2021)

Govt. to airlift food and medicine to Manang (kh 23/07/2021

Rice ferried to remote Sirdibas Village (kh 11/07/2021)

Hunger & Scarcity Hit Badi Community, by Mahesh Nepali (Badi) (rn 15/06/2021)

Daily earners hit hardest by prohibitory orders in Lumbini : The workers have no source of income and have received no relief from the authorities and social organisations during the ongoing second coronavirus wave, by Sanju Paudel and Mohan Budhaair (kp 14/06/2021)

Shoppers throng state-owned stores for groceries at discounted prices : Customers said they saved money, but there was risk of infection due to lack of social distancing (kp 09/06/2021), Consumers complain govt announcement of discount a mirage for poor, by Sabina Karki (kh 09/06/2021)

KMC provides hotline number 1180 in aid of people without food (kh 04/06/2021)

Fertilisers not on ‘essential commodity’ list as paddy farmers wait anxiously : Decision to block supply can have an overarching effect, as it may hit paddy crop, and slash economic growth in turn, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/05/2021), Always a shortage : There is something seriously wrong when farmers face a lack of fertiliser every year (kp 04/06/2021), Nepal all set to sign fertiliser supply deal with India : The five-year agreement will assure supply of 30 percent of Nepal’s annual fertiliser requirement, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/06/2021) [And for the remaining 70 per cent, farmers will have to wait for months as usual!]

Nepal to bring fertilizers thru G2G deal with India (kh 01/06/2021)

Govt reiterates to build petroleum storage capacity for 90 days, a plan that has remained in limbo for years (rep 29/05/2021)

High-level talks being held  to keep the food coming : Most of Nepal’s cereal requirement is fulfilled by imports, mainly from India; Most of Nepal’s cereal requirement is fulfilled by imports, mainly from India, by Krishana Prasain (kp 08/05/2021)

Rights activists find rapid response team ineffective : The job of squad representing several ministries is to keep supply lines clear during the prohibitory period aimed at containing rising Covid-19 cases; Traders say trucks bringing food items to Kathmandu have to wait at entry points for long, by Krishana Prasain (kp 05/05/2021)

Over 30,000 tonnes of fertiliser arrive from Bangladesh (ht 07/04/2021)

Nepal self-sufficient in egg and meat  production, government says : According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country produces 1.61 billion eggs and 548,000 tonnes of meat annually, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/03/2021)

Rice supply disrupted in Sudurpaschim Province due to contractors’ reluctance : The contractors have refused to transport goods citing financial losses on the trips they make to the hilly regions, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 21/03/2021)

Two companies blacklisted for a year for failure to deliver chemical fertilisers last year : It  was the first time domestic firms had been awarded contracts to supply fertilisers but their failure meant that fertiliser was not available during paddy cultivation season, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/03/2021)

Nepal short of 13 liter per capita per year to be self-reliant in milk (rep 13/03/2021)

3,400 tonnes of urea fertiliser arrive from Bangladesh (ht 11/03/2021)

Muktikot village in Bajura grapples with acute food shortage, by Prakash Singh (ht 07/03/2021)

Soaring fertiliser prices raise concern about possible shortages : Supplies won’t be affected as shipments are already on their way, officials say. Annual demand for chemical fertilisers is 700,000 tonnes but imports are just around 300,000 tonnes, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/02/2021)

Food availability in Nepal : Challenges faced with urbanisation, by Sauravi Regmi (ht 18/02/2021)

Mugu villagers walk for days to buy salt : The residents of Mugumkarmarong Rural Municipality end up spending more money  on the travel, food and lodging expenses for the journey than on salt, they say, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 14/02/2021), For a pinch of salt : The government must ensure that essential commodities reach rural areas efficiently (kp 15/02/2021)

Contractors negligent in supply and sale of rice in remote Karnali districts : People say contractors don’t transport rice in time and when they do, the grains are of inferior quality, by Chandani Kathayat and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 11/02/2021) [Disinterest of the Oli government to control this and ensure supply to the people!]

Nepal, India close to signing supply contract for fertiliser : The deal will ensure regular supply of plant nourishers which often runs short during critical times, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/02/2021)

Government plans for new petroleum law and deregulating the oil business : Several attempts in the last decade failed despite the sector being governed by an old law, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/02/2021)

MoALD starts importing fertilisers for next season (ht 15/01/2021)

Fertiliser buffer stocks to be created  to ensure regular supply to farmers : Each province will have a reserve of 25,000 to 30,000 tonnes which will be used in times of crisis, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/01/2021)

Fertiliser import from Dhaka delayed (ht 05/01/2021)

Transportation of subsidised rice to upper Dolpa begins : Last year, 3,000 quintals of foodgrains was allocated to the region but the grains are yet to be supplied, by Hari Gautam and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 13/12/2020)

What’s the cause behind fertilizer shortage? What can be done?, by Bhairab Raj Kaini (rep 10/12/2020)

Nepal saw massive spike in food imports (rep 07/12/2020) [This is no wonder after the incompetent Oli government did not allow Nepali products to be transported to markets and consumers!]

Onion import from China increases (ht 01/12/2020)

Government has purchased 8,090 tonnes of paddy so far (ht 28/11/20209

Fertiliser import from Bangladesh still uncertain (ht 24/11/2020)

State-owned chemical fertiliser supplier says there will be no scarcity this winter : Recurrent shortages of the crop nutrients have been the bane of Nepali farmers, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/11/2020)

Empty food depots force Mugu folks to buy rice at higher price : Subsidised rice meant for the villages hit by food shortage is being sold elsewhere, by Raj Bahadur Singh (kp 10/11/2020)

Limi folks worried about food shortage during winter (kh 02/11/2020)

Marigold flowers are going to be rarer and dearer this Tihar, traders say : Celebrators can expect to pay Rs20 more per garland because marigolds will be hard to come by after the growing season, by Krishana Prasain (kp 02/11/2020)

Subsidised rice meant for Karnali illegally exported to other provinces : A truck carrying 250 quintals of subsidised rice on its way to Bhaktapur from Surkhet was seized by police, according to the chief district officer, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 31/10/2020)

The heat’s on : When the country is having to import rice worth billions of rupees annually, declining output due to droughts and other reasons is worrisome (ht 22/10/2020)

Sugar imported by Salt Trading for festive season to arrive today (ht 21/10/2020)

Growing food insecurity in Sudurpaschim (ht 18/10/2020)

We can’t keep importing food : Increasing dependence on the market to supply food may not be feasible in the days ahead, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 09/10/2020)

Kathmandu city officials inspect 123 shops in 22 days, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/10/2020)

Why the agro supply chain couldn’t be saved : Revamping the ecosystem of the agricultural value chain requires  concerted efforts, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 28/09/2020)

Nepal Government to sell onions at low cost (ht 24/09/2020)

Domestic goat production adequate to fulfil festival demand, livestock traders say : Last year, imports from India made up for the shortfall in domestic production ahead of the Dashain festival, records show, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/09/2020)

Nepal Spending Billions In Onion Import, by Laxman Kafle (rn 20/09/2020)

Cooperatives blame MoALD for wastage of agro products (ht 19/09/2020)

Of onions and potatoes : The need for Nepal to become self-sufficient in vegetables cannot be overemphasised. (kp 18/09/2020)

Upper Dolpa Sees Food Shortage; Supply Halted Over A Year (rn 18/09/2020)

Agriculture Inputs Company cancels contract with fertiliser importers (ht 07/09/2020)

Relief distribution programme in Birgunj fails to cover vulnerable families : Around 150 women had reached the District Police Office on Thursday to receive relief but had to return empty-handed, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 06/09/2020)

Uncertainty in fertiliser distribution riles farmers, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 05/09/2020), Feeding plants to feed people : News stories of farmers not getting fertiliser on time and annual shortages keep appearing in the media, by Arun GC (kp 06/09/2020)

Liquor freely available even as food crisis deepens in Bajura (ht 04/09/2020)

The fertiliser conundrum–governments ponder over it every paddy season and forget after harvest : An agreement with India to procure fertiliser expired in 2017. Since then farmers have been deprived of timely supply, as authorities have failed to explore other options, by Sangam Prasain and Anil Giri (kp 03/09/2020)

Food shortage looms large in Mugu, Dolpa districts of Karnali Province : The Food Management and Trading Company Limited could not transport food to Mugu due to the nationwide lockdown and the disruption of Namga-Gamgadhi road by floods and landslides, by Raj Bahadur Shahi and Hari Gautam (kp 02/09/2020)

Customers bewildered after police stop online stores from making deliveries : Kathmandu CDO says shops are open in the morning, delivery services could be allowed after health protocols are in place, by Krishana Prasain (kp 29/08/2020), Police halt home delivery service, arrest staff : ‘First they held our delivery boy and then they came to arrest me. Other operators also in custody’, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 29/08/2020) [Politicians who do not deliver should be arrested instead!!]

Bajura locals reeling under acute food shortage (ht 22/08/2020)

Grocery shoppers scramble  due to small window of time : It is challenging to finish making deliveries by early morning, traders say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/08/2020)

Rice shortage looms over Bajura villages due to road disruptions, by Arjun Shah (kp 20/08/2020)

Farmers complain of urea shortage nationwide, government says it’ll get the fertiliser within a week: Any delay would cripple production despite the gains of having 98 percent cultivation, the highest in the last five years, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/08/2020)

Sugar shortage hits Valley as festival season nears: The household sweetener cost Rs 72 per kg before the lockdown, and now the retail price has crossed Rs 100 per kg, by Krishana Prasain (kp 04/08/2020) [A reduced consumption of sugar is better for health either!]

Survivors face food crisis (ht 27/07/2020)

Government moves to shorten supply chain to benefit consumers: The Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection has drafted regulations to determine the layers of middlemen, by Krishana Prasain  (kp 13/07/2020)

Nepal imports 424,397 tons of food in 100 days of lockdown (rep 06/07/2020)

250,000 tonnes of fertiliser distributed (ht 24/06/2020)

Supply chain and food security: Meeting the dietary needs of all Nepalis has been a problem, with or without Covid-19, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 23/06/2020))

Food insecurity, economic slowdown loom as acute shortage of fertilisers is going to hit paddy production: This year, fertiliser was supplied neither from the government’s mechanism nor from illegal traders, as their clandestine supply lines were severed by the Covid-19 lockdown and border restrictions, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/06/2020)

Food insecurity across country increases by 23 per cent: Survey (ht 19/06/2020)

Food crisis hits Bajura folks hard (ht 14/06/2020)

MoALD facing difficulties in managing fertilisers (ht 13/06/2020)

Famine or feast in Nepal?, by Sushma Joshi (ae 05/06/2020)

COVID-19 and food insecurity, by Purna B. Nepali and Mahesh Bisukhey (ht 01/06/2020)

Nepal has enough food to feed the population for 5 months: Distribution amid the lockdown is the problem, officials say, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/05/2020) [???]

Retail merchants running low on stocks as lockdown gets tighter: The government's ever changing policy has made it difficult to maintain smooth supply of goods, say traders, by Krishana Prasain (kp 22/05/2020)

Spoilt rice distributed as relief in Dhangadhi Sub Metropolis: The Sub Metropolitan city had purchased food grains worth Rs 26.1 million to distribute to the impoverished households during the coronavirus pandemic, by Arjun Shah and Mohan Budhaair (kp 21/05/2020)

DoCSCP receives most complaints of LPG shortage (ht 12/05/2020)

Fuel consumption down 80 percent in April with economy in suspension: Officials said sales of all petroleum products except cooking gas dried up, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/05/2020)

Food and livelihood insecurity during a pandemic: As the services sector is bound to face a long and hard journey to a revival, the agro sector will be all the more important, by Apsara Karki (kp 08/05/2020)

Karnali Province in a comfortable position on food supply: While vegetables are abundant in the market, the fruits are less so, since the import from India has stopped , by Chandani Kathayat (kp 08/02/2020)

Government aims to support workers from unorganised sector with relief-for-work programme: Urban development and federal affairs ministries have submitted the list of potential jobs to the finance ministry, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/05/2020)

Veggie prices drop on supply of local products (ht 03/05/2020)

Volunteers delivering fresh vegetables to people's homes at farm price: Locals said the social work being done by the youths had provided them much relief, by Durgalal KC (kp 29/04/2020)

Taplejung runs out of subsidised rice supply as demand soars during lockdown: Food Management and Trading Company Ltd has requested the centre to supply 1,000 quintals of rice to fulfil the demand, by Ananda Gautam (kp 26/04/2020)

Fuel Consumption Down To 10 Per Cent (rn 25/04/2020)

Chepangs face a humanitarian crisis: The impact of the lockdown on vulnerable communities does not appear on the government's radar, by Biwash Chepang (kp 22/04/2020)

Bardiya’s poor are starving while the local unit has been slow to distribute relief: According to data by the ward office, around 200 daily wage earners in the ward have been severely affected by the lockdown, by Kamal Panthi (kp 22/04/2020)

While produce rots in Nepal’s fields, food imports continue from India: Vegetables are piling up on Birgunj farms even as 15 to 20 trucks laden with vegetables arrive from the south every day, by Bhusan Yadav and Sangam Prasain (kp 21/04/2020)

Northern Humla braces for a food shortage: Humla saw a prolonged snowfall this winter and the route to Taklakot was closed before the pandemic, by Chhapal Lama (kp 18/04/2020)

Families of daily wage earners, impoverished Dalit communities in Province 2 deprived of reliefs even after three weeks of nationwide lockdown: Most of the local bodies are yet to implement the budget released by the provincial executive for relief distribution even after three weeks of the lockdown (kp 18/04/2020)

Fuel import via pipeline halted amid storage constraint (ht 18/04/2020)

4.6 million Nepalis are food-insecure, and 10% have severe need, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 16/04/2020), WFP reports on food security exaggerated: Nepal Government, by Shree Ram Subedi (22/04/2020)

Locals cry foul over shortage of subsidised rice in Saipal: Some families allege the contractors were biased in distributing subsidised rice even when the supply chain was intact before the lockdown, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 16/04/2020)

SC summons authorities over petition over lockdown stranded (rep 15/04/2020), Dairy products worth Rs 5b lying unsold due to lockdown: Sales down by 70%, says NDA (rep 15/04/2020) [It would have been an outstanding task of the government to apply safe und intelligent ways to avoid such waste!]

Gorkha municipality won’t accept food grains as relief over quality concerns: Shahid Lakhan Rural Municipality has decided to accept only money and medical equipment from donors, by Hariram Upreti (kp 15/04/2020)

68 gas bullets waiting to be unloaded, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 14/04/2020)

Keep it going: Vegetable supplies during the lockdown (rep 13/04/2020)

Nawalparasi locals return spoiled rice distributed as relief: District administration office forms committee to investigate the incident, by Nabin Paudel (kp 11/04/2020), There are sufficient stocks of food and shipments arrive regularly, officials say: Factories manufacturing food products have been allowed to resume production (kp 10/04/2020)  [Similar to the rice that has been sent to Nawalparasi?]

In the wake of lockdowns and supply chain disruptions, a potential food crisis looms: Since Nepal relies almost entirely on imports of chemical fertilisers, any disruption to the supply chain could quickly escalate into a food crisis, say experts, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/04/2020), Farmers are selling their produce for a pittance even as customers are paying exorbitant prices: The lockdown has meant that farmers are unable to travel to Kathmandu to sell their produce, relying instead on middlemen who are maximising profits, by Aditi Aryal (kp 11/04/2020)

Vegetables to be sold at 11 designated sites as Kalimati bazaar is shuttered: Outlets to be opened at Kalanki, Baphal, Swayambhu, Banasthali, Gongabu, Basundhara, Tinkune, Gopi Krishna, Lainchaur, Ratna Park and Koteshwor, by Krishana Prasain (kp 10/04/2020)

Grow your own: When it comes to staples, Nepal needs to get back to its roots (kp 09/04/2020), Food during the coronavirus crisis: Governments are responding to the health emergency as they rightly should, but ensuring food supply is equally vital, by Arun GC (kp 09/04/2020)

Food crisis hits haliya families hard in Bajura, by Prakash Singh (ht 09/04/2020)

Take it seriously: Shortage of essential supplies (rep 09/04/2020)

Valley residents concerned by dwindling food supply as lockdown lengthens: The general public is having a hard time getting food to feed their families, by Krishana Prasain (kp 09/04/2020)

Protracted lockdown hits squatter families hard: Families of daily wage earners in Biratnagar and Dhading stare at trouble as local governments fail to distribute relief, by Deonarayan Sah and Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 08/04/2020)

India halts all rice exports but Nepal will be fine, say officials: Nepal imports almost all of its fine and basmati rice from India, but traders say there are enough stocks in-country to last three months, by Sangam Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/04/2020)

NOC importing fuel on necessity basis as demand slumps: Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline operating belo (ht 06/04/2020)

Govt plan to open fair price shops fails to take off (rep 06/04/2020)

Shortage of cooking gas continues despite NOC adopting measures to ease supply (rep 05/04/2020)

Working families need more support as novel coronavirus contagion takes hold: UNICEF, ILO, UN Women (ht 02/04/2020), Support working families to reduce impact of COVID-19: UN agencies to govt (rep 02/04/2020), Govt devising standards for distribution of relief to needy people (rep 02/04/2020), Kathmandu city has no exact details of its poor citizens to distribute food relief: The lockdown has greatly affected the families living in squatter shanties, but the city spokesperson claims not all of them need help, by Anup Ojha (kp 04/04/2020)

Food supply resumes in Humla: 56 quintals of rice have been imported in the district on Wednesday, according to Nepal Food Corporation district depot, by Chhapal Lama (kp 02/04/2020)

Chicken supply resumes, egg consumption increases (ht 01/04/2020)

Kalimati Market To Open Twice A Day To Reduce Crowd, by Laxman Kafle (rn 30/03/2020)

Govt’s home delivery service off to a bumpy start (ht 29/03/2020)

Food Producers Seek Govt Support To Keep Supply Chain Intact (rn 29/03/2020)

Vegetables become scarce and costly as transporters stay away due to virus fears: Prices have increased by up to 200 percent, according to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/03/2020)

Online stores flooded with orders, but cannot fulfil them for lack of delivery system: The government’s unclear policy has forced them to shut down when people need them the most, e-retailers said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 28/03/2020)

Plan afoot to supply daily goods at Kathmanduites’ doorstep (ht 27/03/2020), Customs across the country lie deserted: Hardly 500 trucks and containers entering Nepal in a day (ht 27/03/2020)

Gas bottlers asked to sell half-filled cooking gas cylinders (rep 27/03/2020)

Department stores start home delivery of groceries, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 27/03/2020)

Essentials may run out, the government needs to ensure supply: In the long run, Nepal must prioritise growing more food domestically (kp 26/03/2020), Govt having tough time managing essential supplies (rep 26/03/2020), India lockdown hits supply of daily essentials in Nepal: Foreign Ministry requested to resolve issue (kh 26/03/2020), NHRC urges govt to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials (kh 26/03/2020)

Panic buying forces Bajhang Salt Trading depot to stop the sale of salt: People coming from faraway villages returned home empty-handed, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 25/03/2020)

LPG sellers asked to keep records of customers to discourage multiple purchases (rep 22/03/2020)

Dailekh sees shortage of cooking gas, by Govinda KC (rep 22/03/2020)

Electronic system to keep tabs on fertilizer stocks at depots (rep 19/03/2020)

Black marketing of petroleum products rampant (rep 19/03/2020)

Valley gasoline stations go dry as shortage fears spark panic buying: People are worried that they may not be able to buy fuel due to the virus outbreak, officials said, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 18/03/2020)

Government to open fair price shops to allay fears of shortages and price hikes: The stores will stock groceries and non-food items like cooking gas and induction cookers, by Krishana Prasain (kp 18/03/2020)

Artificial shortage of LPG hits consumers (ht 17/03/2020)

Gas pumps remain shut anticipating fuel price revision (ht 16/03/2020), Market sees shortage of petroleum products, by Sujita Pradhan (rep 16/03/2020)

Nepal Oil Corporation boosts gas imports to meet demand surge: The state-owned company is importing 11,000 tonnes of cooking gas on top of the regular shipment for this month, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp 14/03/2020), Cooking gas not in short supply, says NOC (rep 15/03/2020)

Do not panic, supply of essential goods intact’ (kp 11/03/2020)

Stocks of essentials at govt-owned enterprises can last up to 6 months (rep 08/03/2020)

India announces lifting ban on onion exports: Supply has normalised with the market receiving around 70 tonnes of the vegetable daily, by Krishana Prasain (kp 06/03/2020)

Govt limits export of foodstuff (rep 06/03/2020)

Subsidised rice in food depot costlier than market price: More than 300 quintals of rice transported to the depot last year are yet to be sold, by Hariram Uprety (kp 06/03/2020)

Hand sanitisers in short supply due to buying rush sparked by outbreak fears: The disinfectant is seen as providing protection against the spread of the disease, by Krishana Prasain (kp 05/03/2020)

What onions and garlic tell us about our food system: Numerous examples seen in the recent past serve as an alarming reminder of just how food insecure we are, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 21/02/2020)

Karnali reeling under food shortage: Six districts out of 10 in the province are not able to meet the demand for food (ht 16/02/2020)

Barekot facing food crisis (ht 05/02/2020)

Transporters halt ATF supply: Seek revision in NOC’s ‘shrinkage loss’ provision (ht 28/01/2020), Transporters resume ATF supply (ht 30/01/2020)

Saipal residents face shortage of essentials as snowfall blocks roads: Rasyalek area, which connects several villages to Kanda, the administrative centre of Saipal, is blanketed with more than seven feet of snow, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 23/01/2020)

Achieving zero hunger in Nepal: Actions such as revitalising local food systems and transforming nutrition behaviour must be interconnected, by Bandana Shakya (kp 15/01/2020)

Locals demand probe after getting rotten rice in Humla, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep 13/01/2020)

Fuel supply through cross-border pipeline ‘temporarily’ halted (ht 06/01/2020)

How we failed on onion: Nepal has suitable climate and other resources required to produce onion. Nepal can even export onion. Why are we not able to do that?, by Bhairab Raj Kaini (rep 05/01/2020)

Contractors selling subsidised rice in Rukum (East) due to lack of employees in depots: Locals say the problem has persisted for years due to the government-run Food Management and Trade Company’s apathy, by Hari Gautam (kp 03/01/2020)

Government to buy 5,000 quintals more paddy in Nepalgunj, by Arjun Oli (rep 31/12/2019)

Back to the roots: Output-based incentives in farming could make Nepal a food sufficient country, by Uttam Khanal (kp 30/12/2019)

Construction materials become cheaper, but there are few buyers, say dealers: The production of cement and iron rods has surpassed demand leading to excess supply, byKrishana Prasain (kp 25/12/2019)

House panel rejects cement standards proposed by the Bureau of Standards: Large construction projects have been using Indian cement as the local product is not graded, by Krishana Prasain (kp 24/12/2019)

Nepal turns to China for onions after Indian ban: Chinese onions cost Rs195 per kg while smuggled Indian onions cost Rs225 per kg, according to traders, by Krishana Prasain and Balaram Ghimire (kp 20/12/2019)

New code of conduct being created for market inspectors: The Commerce Department has also formed a task force to revise the list of essential commodities, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/12/2019)

Makwanpur’s Chepangs, still sustaining on root fruits, await a harsh winter: A majority of the Chepangs still subsist on root vegetables that they collect from the forests, by Pratap Bista (kp 12/12/2019)

After India ban, Chinese onions take local market, by Sujita Pradhan (11/12/2019), Daily onion import through Tatopani crosses 100 tons, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 12/12/2019)

Why Rs 155 million ‘Mission Onion’ failed, by Shree Ram Subedi (rep 10/12/2019)

Karnali does not have a food shortage—it has a rice shortage, locals say: Decades of rice supplies by the government and the World Food Programme have led locals to adopt rice as a staple food, even though it was never an indigenous grain, by Tularam Pandey (kp 27/11/2019)

Bajhang and Baitadi reel under acute food insecurity: Experts say droughts, poor transportation facilities and lack of irrigation facility and access to market are behind the continuing food insecurity, by Tripti Shahi (kp 24/11/2019)

‘No need for LPG consumers to panic’ (ht 20/11/2019)

With Indian ban, onions becoming steadily unaffordable, by Sujeeta Pradhan (rep 20/11/2019)

Self-reliance in cement yet to benefit Nepalis (ht 08/11/2019)

Food management, not famine, challenge for Nepal: Minister (rep 17/10/2019), Achieving zero hunger: Nepal requires strategies in place to fix the potholes, and support enhancing production-based food systems, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 18/10/2019)

Amlekhgunj depot starts supplying diesel to Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, by Upendra Yadav (rep 17/10/2019)

Essential commodities, services staff barred from going on strike (ht 16/10/2019)

Government boosts dairy supply for Dashain: High-level inspections which will continue during Dashain to prevent unnecessary price hikes on dairy products, by Krishana Prasain (kp 06/10/2019)

People reeling under food crisis in Bajura (ht 05/10/2019)

Nepal Food Corporation depots empty on the eve of Dashain: The residents of Mugu are compelled to buy rice in the local markets at a high price, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 01/10/2019)

Two villages in Manang face shortage of salt: Lack of motorable road and arduous trail to the district headquarters make it difficult for Narphabhumi residents to fetch salt all year round, by Aash Gurung (kp 22/09/2019)

Road blockage creates shortage of daily essential in Manang: Even though the mounds of mud across Besishar-Chame road have been cleared, vehicular movement is still at least a week away. The roadblock means scarcity of daily essentials in Manang, by Aash Gurung (kp 17/09/2019)

Government faces a goat problem ahead of Dashain: Import restrictions and insufficient domestic production mean prices are likely to soar (kp 15/08/2019)

No rice in Kawadi depot for months (ht 12/09/2019)

Food corporation to supply 3,000 goats to Kathmandu to meet the Dashain meat demand: Around 1,500 mountain goats from Mustang and as many goats from other districts will be brought, officials say, by Anup Ojha (kp 01/09/2019)

No family in Chitwan settlement has enough grains to last all year round: Out of 574 households, only 260 can produce food grains which last only for three months, by Rajesh Kumar Paudel (kp 23/08/2019)

Sugar shortage looms while government delays decision: The ministry has proposed to import sugar to forestall any possible scarcity during Dashain and Tihar, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 22/08/2019) [But this is good for the people's health!]

NOC fails to implement dual-pricing system in liquefied petroleum gas (ht 19/08/2019)

Shortage of daily  essentials hits lives in rural municipalities (ht 03/08/2019)

Quantitative restriction on sugar import  lifted (ht 19/07/2019)

Fresh vegetables are becoming scarcer in Kathmandu Valley: Deliveries of farm products shrink as floods wipe out crops, causing prices to jump, by Krishana Prasain (kp 15/07/2019)

Poorly equipped laboratories delay supply of imported vegetables and fruits:Vegetable and fruit importers need to get their products chemically tested before getting customs clearance, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 01/07/2019)

Nepal Oil Corporation to constructfuel storage plant in Surkhet: It will be first facility of its kind in the Karnali region and will hold 90 days worth of fuel, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 30/06/2019)

Rural farmers travel to Kathmandu for fertilisers, only to return empty-handed: Failure to import sufficient fertilisers has meant Nepal is reeling from critical shortage, by Arjun Poudel (kp 24/06/2019)

Petroleum supply in eastern Nepal affected by software glitch in India’s online entry system, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/06/2019)

Chepang community reeling under acute food crisis (ht 27/05/2019)

55,000 tonnes of chemical fertiliser imported for paddy season, by Shankar Acharya (kp 23/05/2019)

Supplier accused of stealing 1000 quintals of subsidized rice, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 09/05/2019)

Disease, hunger and chronic poverty kill people in Humla: Doctors on the ground say living conditions are terrible in the district, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/05/2019), Transportation of subsidised rice halted in Humla, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 07/05/2019)

Subsidised rice sold out, consumers in lurch (ht 03/05/2019)

Storage tanks, pipelines estimated to cost Rs 41b, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 26/04/2019)

NOC’s plan to start LPG business to end private sector’s control (ht 26/04/2019)

Commission paid to gas bottlers hiked to Rs 259.88 per cylinder, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/04/2019)

Govt assures LPG bottlers to address their concerns within a week (ht 06/04/2019)

Chemical fertiliser factory not feasible, say stakeholders, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 05/04/2019)

Increasing incidents of LPG cylinder explosions raise questions over quality (ht 27/03/2019)

Gas bottlers call off protest after oil corporation’s promise to resolve dispute: High time lasting solution sought for import and sale of cooking gas, experts say, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/03/2019)

Government allocates extra Rs3 billion for fertiliser imports, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/03/2019)

Gas bottlers threaten to disrupt supply over commission dispute: To launch a protest if the government does not fulfil their demands within 10 days, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/02/2019), LPG outlets witness serpentine queues (ht 27/02/2019), Consumers stock up on gas as commission row persists, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 01/03/2019), LPG bottlers’ threat fuels panic buying: To carry out their threat to halt supply, they’ve stopped collecting papers to import cooking gas, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 02/03/2019), Gas bottlers boycott delivery orders to press their case, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 04/03/2019)

Report warns food insecurity is still looming over country: The National Planning Commission says the average household spending on food still stands at  54 percent of their total income, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 19/02/2019) [see NPC report]

Dolpa locals happy at adequate stocks of rice: Free competition among local businesspersons have brought down the price, by Bishnu Prasad Devkota (rep 24/01/2019)

Salt Trading to buy 20k tonnes of sugar for buffer stock, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 22/01/2019)

NOC’s plan to expand fuel storage facility in limbo (ht 29/12/2018)

Show results Minister Yadav tells NFC staff (kp 04/12/2018)

Anti-theft locks fail to stop fuel theft: Last March, in an effort to control fuel theft and leakage, the NOC had installed security locking systems in all tankers (kp 03/12/2018)

Sarkegadh folk forced to walk 10 days to buy rice, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 21/11/2018)

Fertilizer scarcity in Kailali: Farmers unable to sow seeds, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 06/11/2018)

Villagers in remote Humla faceshortage of rice this Tihar, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 27/10/2018)

Himali Rural Municipality reeling under food shortage (ht 26/10/2018)

NOC vows stable fuel supply during holidays (kp 16/10/2018)

Village in eastern Rukum without a grain of rice, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 13/10/2018)

75k animals to be brought for Dashain slaughter (kp 10/10/2018)

Rice demand surges in Farwest districts, by Mohans Budhair (kp 25/09/2018)

No mercy for supply disrupters (rep 23/09/2018)

NOC to end pvt sector’s monopoly (ht 22/09/2018), NOC mulling alternative to fickle private tankers (kp 25/09/2018)

Motorists line up for fuel amid disruption, by Rajesh Khanal and Anup Ojha (kp 21/09/2018), Strike of transport workers disrupts petroleum supply (rep 21/09/2018), Ration system implemented (ht 22/09/2018), Fuel supply to ease from today, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 22/09/2018)

NFC to bring 2000 goats, mountain goats for Dashain, by Deepanjali Khadka (rep 15/09/2018), City to receive 2,000 goats for Dashain (kp 18/09/2018)

STC mulls buying domestic sugar (kp 13/09/2018), Curb on sugar import to hurt consumers, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 18/09/2018), Decision to impose quotas on sugar imports slammed: Bowing to pressure from private sugar mills, the government raised the importduty on sugar to 30 percent from 15 percent in the last fiscal year  (kp 22/09/2018), That would be sweet: Government policy should uphold consumer satisfaction and not help the formation of cartels, by Udayan Regmi (kp 26/09/2018)

Barekot suffers food shortage, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 09/09/2018)

Delayed consignment of fertilisers finally arrive at Dry Port, by Shankar Acharya (kp 29/08/2018)

Households under risk of food insecurity to get identity cards, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 24/08/2018)

Nepal Gas launches non-explosive cylinders (kp 21/08/2018)

Vulnerable sections to get free, subsidised food (ht 21/08/2018)

NOC revives plan to use colour-coded cylinders: The state-owned oil monopoly says it makes a loss of Rs280.64 on every cylinder of gas sold. It has projected a loss of Rs250 million for next month (kp 20/08/2018)

Thousands of tons of sugar piling up at mills’ warehouses as cheaper imports flood market, by Kamal Bhatta (rep 16/08/2018)

Karnali grapples with food scarcity (kp 14/08/2018)

Forever hungry: Producing and distributing nutritious food should be a political priority (kp 14/08/2018)

Children are starving in Bajhang: Thousands of children at risk from malnutrition in the remote far-western district, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 13/08/2018)

Province 3 facing 400,000 tons in food deficit (rep 09/08/2018)

Dolpa locals refuse to buy subsidized rice due to high price, by Bishnu Prasad Devkota (rep 31/07/2018)

Farmers face fertiliser shortage once again, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 26/07/2018), Nepal to import fertiliser under govt-to-govt deal (kp 27/07/2018)

Gamgadhi villagers find bugs in rice bags, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 24/06/2018)

Fuel import bill balloons to all-time high of Rs131.93b (kp 12/06/2018)

Controversial NOC chief Khadka quits (kp 08/06/2018), NOC chief steps down (ht 08/06/2018)

Food agency bias denies Saipal villagers rice: Residents accuse Nepal Food Corporation staff of selling food to grain retailers and distributing rotten rice to beneficiaries, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 05/06/2018)

Government begins process to form National Supply Company (ht 01/06/2018)

Nepal faces deficit of 71,400 tonnes of food (kp 29/05/2018), Food for thought: It is alarming that Nepal has slid back to a food deficit country despite record harvest (kp 30/05/2018)

Food crisis hits Chepangs hard (ht 28/05/2018)

NFC accused of creating rice crisis in Kalikot, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep 28/05/2018)

No fear of fertiliser shortage, AIC says (kp 24/05/2018)

Barekot reels under food shortage, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 22/05/2018)

69 cases related to food quality lodged at DAOs (ht 21/05/2018)

Villagers laud new food depot in Bajhang, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 19/05/2018)

Curbing fuel theft: NOC to implement locking system, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 26/04/2018)

‘Hike in duty on sugar may boost smuggling’ (kp 25/04/2018)

NOC tells fuel transporters not to join protests (ht 20/04/2018)

Sugar import surges by over 80 percent, by Shankar Acharya (kp 19/04/2018), Imported sugar stranded at customs office: Consumers affected, smugglers encouraged (ht 20/04/2018)

Locking system to be fitted on more tankers: Nepal imports all its petroleum needs from India. Currently, 125 tankers bring in fuel through Nepalgunj and 250 tankers operate on the Bhairahawa route (kp 18/04/2018), Cases of oil theft on rise in eastern Nepal, by Binod Bhandari (kp 18/04/2018)

Acute food crisis triggers migration (ht 14/04/2018)

Bottlers drag their feet on updating safety measures (kp 13/04/2018)

US govt hands over food storage building to NFC, by Shankar Acharya (kp 12/04/2018)

Saipal villagers without access to iodised salt, rice (kp 06/04/2018)

Diesel theft continues unabated: Per litre of diesel costs Rs28 more in India than  in Nepal, while petrol is expensive by Rs22 per litre, by Binod Bhandari (kp 02/04/2018)

Jajarkot locals reeling under food crisis (ht 28/03/2018)

Security locking systems installed on oil tankers (kp 15/03/2018), Transporters obstruct fuel supply demanding wage hike (ht 16/03/2018)

Gas bottlers warned to obtain NS certification (kp 02/03/2018)

Over 50pc fuel tankers yet to instal security locks (ht 20/02/2018)

Food crisis looms over Bajura villages, by Arjun Shah (kp 19/02/2018)

Food crisis grips remote village of Barekot, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 17/02/2018)

NFC misses procurement target due to low prices, by Shankar Acharya (kp 15/02/2018)

All gas bottling plants apply for NS mark (kp 15/02/2018)

Composite LPG cylinders fail to find market as cost is high (ht 01/01/2018)

People in remote Humla face hardships to buy salt, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 28/01/2018)

Expired goods sold to hilly markets (rep 20/01/2018)

Depot construction delays fuel shortage concerns: Construction plans have been thrown into limbo due to controversial land purchase deals made by former managing director of NOC Gopal Bahadur Khadka (kp 11/01/2018)

Govt’s plan to substitute Indian LPG bullets fails to materialise (ht 10/01/2018)

Chepang village reeling under food shortage: People surviving on a diet of stinging nettle, wild roots and tubers (kp 08/01/2018)

Rice supply delay hits remote Gorkha villages, by Sudip Kaini (kp 02/01/2018)

Shortage of essential medicines looms over Province 1 districts (kp 29/12/2017)

Food-hit areas in Humla get subsidised rice, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 28/12/2017)

Relief materials rot in storehouse while quake victims battle with cold and hunger, by Bhagawati Lama (rep 28/12/2017)

Half of petrol pumps do not meet safety norms: NBSM (kp 22/12/2017)

Fertiliser shortage hits farmers in Western Tarai, by Kamal Panthi (kp 21/12/2017)

Transformation of supply mechanism crucial, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 12/12/2017)

Nepal starts getting more fertiliser, by Shanker Acharya (kp 10/12/2017)

Fertiliser shortage hits Saptari farmers (ht 09/12/2017)

Fuel import bill jumps 40pc due to election (kp 06/12/2017)

Stranded fertiliser being transported to Nepal (kp 05/12/2017)

LPG demand lean this winter following smooth power supply (ht 01/12/2017)

MoS seeks MoF’s nod to allow National Trading to start fuel trade (ht 27/11/2017)

Tall order for NOC to sustain ATF demand: With limited stock facility, even a single-day supply disruption likely to affect the market, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 22/11/2017)

Nepal urges India to send fertiliser to avert shortage (kp 04/11/2017)

Food Security Info System comes online (kp 04/11/2017)

Food crunch hits Bajura, Humla (ht 30/10/2017)

Fertilisers stuck at port as planting season nears, by Shankar Acharya (kp 26/10/2017)

Farmers likely to face fertiliser shortage in winter, by Shankar Acharya (kp 16/10/2017)

Negligence of staffers affects rice distribution (ht 14/10/2017)

Food shortage hits hill districts in far-west (ht 13/10/2017)

NFC's Jumla food depot empty, by DB Buda (rep 10/10/2017)

Far-west reeling under shortage of fuel (ht 06/10/2017)

MoS to implement dual pricing in LPG in near future (ht 03/10/2017)

Cement shortage hits hydel projects (ht 24/09/2017)

Fertiliser stocks hit rock bottom, by Shankar Acharya (kp 23/09/2017)

LPG importers warn of protest from next week (kp 09/09/2017), Unresolved ‘non-explosive licence’ issue may hit LPG supply: Gas bottlers threaten strike from September 17 if the matter is not settled within a week, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 09/09/2017)

IBN to call for bids to build urea plant: The feasibility report has pointed out the possibility of using three types of energy sources to produce urea fertiliser: natural gas, electrolysis and coal (kp 06/09/2017)

STC imports 25k tonnes of sugar for festivals (kp 06/09/2017)

Feast and famine: Nepal’s growing dependency on farm imports should be assessed with food security, by Bijendra Man Shakya (kp 05/09/2017)

High and dry: Keeping food safe and available during natural disasters is as important as rescue efforts, by Peetambar Dahal, Durga D. Poudel and Krishna Belbase (kp 03/09/2017)

Plan to substitute Indian LPG bullets with Nepali ones stalled (ht 30/08/2017)

Over 100 tonnes of food rushed to disaster areas (kp 17/08/2017)

Vegetable supplies to Ktm down by 100 tons: Supply crunch causes price hike, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 15/08/2017)

Govt says no food shortage in disaster-hit areas (kp 14/08/2017) [?????]

Distribution of imported composite fiber gas cylinder faces problem, by Ritesh Tripath1 (rep 14/08/2017)

Agro import bill close to hitting Rs200b mark: The country’s dependency on imported food has been ballooning out of control, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/08/2017)

Petrol pumps go on strike (kp 10/08/2017), Dealers to halt petrol collection from today, by Sujan Dhun gana (ht 10/08/2017), Gas stations launch protest programme (kp 11/08/2017), NOC-petroleum dealers deal: Petro dealers end protest (kp 12/08/2017)

Environmental assessment being done for oil pipeline (kp 27/07/2017), Imports for petro pipeline project get customs waiver facility, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 27/07/2017)

Vegetable market unshaken by obstructions along Narayanghat-Mugling road, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 24/07/2017)

Fuel dealers’ syndicate affects supply, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 20/07/2017), Oil shortage ends after NOC pacifies dealers (kp 22/07/2017)

Food grains meant for quake-hit areas rot in warehouses (kp 19/07/2017)

Gas stations refuse to purchase petrol, diesel (kp 19/07/2017)

Country faces deficit of 100k litres of milk daily (kp 18/07/2017)

Panel submits report on fuel loss during transport, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 14/07/2017)

Fertiliser supply likely to reach all-time high (kp 12/07/2017)

NOC to build oil depots RETAIL PRICE in Nuwakot or Dhading (kp 10/07/2017)

NOC considers construction of LPG storage facilities as per Japanese technology (ht 08/07/2017)

Oil dealers call off planned protest (kp 04/07/2017), Dealers inflate fuel loss, claims NBSM: Petro dealers say they will continue their protest and will stop collecting fuel from NOC’s depot if the government report is not convincing, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 04/07/2017)

Threat of petrol shortage looms large, by Saurav Bashyal (ht 02/07/2017)

Petro dealers likely to postpone protest (ht 01/07/2017)

Government decides to review rice supply policy, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 29/06/2017)

No supply: Gas stations in Kathmandu run out of fuel (kp 28/06/2017), Rush on gas stations eases as supply improves (kp 29/06/2017)

Perennial shortages: Boosting local food production - cereals, vegetables, fruit and meat - and linking Humla and other food deficit areas by road should receive high priority (ht 28/06/2017)

Humla local reps in capital to revive rice supply, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 27/06/2017)

Six districts in Nepal ‘highly food insecure’ (kp 25/06/2017), Report shows 48 VDCs in mountains and high hills highly food insecure, by Deepraj Sanyal (rep 25/06/2017)

Petro dealers threaten to halt distribution (ht 25/06/2017)

Gas bullets grounded for lack of licences (kp 23/06/2017), Operation of Nepali LPG bullets in limbo (ht 23/06/2017)

Govt to revise Supply Policy ’12 (kp 23/06/2017)

Farmers hoarding fertiliser may cause shortages: AIC (kp 22/06/2017)

Artificial fuel crunch hits Udayapur locals hard (ht 16/06/2017)

Security lock installed only on 300 fuel tankers (ht 14/06/2017)

STC imports sugar to boost reserves (kp 07/06/2017)

Food for Work distributes rice in Bajhang, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 06/06/2017)

Fertiliser crunch hits farmers (ht 02/06/2017)

48 VDCs identified as highly food insecure (ht 29/05/2017)

NFC buys 106 tonnes of beans, buckwheat (kp 27/05/2017)

Voters of remote Bajura village demand rice before election, by Arjun Shah (kp 26/05/2017)

NOC making huge profit by overcharging consumers, by Rudra Pandeni and Ashim Neupane (rep 23/05/2017)

Oil tankers to be fitted with high-tech locks (kp 16/05/2017)

Fertiliser imports from India to s begin early : AIC (kp 15/05/2017)

Dealers flay NOC plan to operate fuel stations jointly with IOC (ht 15/05/2017)

Cement industries reduce production citing shortage of raw materials (ht 13/05/2017)

NOC to expand fuel stocks for local polls (kp 06/05/2017), NOC increases storage capacities of diesel, petrol (kp 10/05/2017)

Motorists crowd pumps over fuel shortage fears: The state-owned oil monopoly says there is no fuel shortage (kp 19/04/2017), Valley gripped by artificial fuel shortage (ht 21/04/2017)

NOC okays proposal of five local firms to set up model fuel pumps (ht 19/04/2017)

Nepal Oil Corp starts distributing Euro IV standard petrol, diesel (ht 07/04/2017)

Rs72b urea plant to be  et up in Nawalparasi: Nepal imports 400,000-500,000 tonnes of urea annually, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/04/2017)

NOC installing security lock in tankers to control petroleum theft, by Dilip Poudel (rep 06/04/2017)

NOC increases scrutiny of fuel stations in East, by Binod Bhandari (kp 05/04/2017)

Lives at risk: Death and injuries resulting from the use of substandard gas cylinders must be stopped (kp 04/04/2017)

First urea consignment reaches Birgunj by rail, by Shankar Acharya (kp 03/04/2017)

Food crisis looms as drought cuts harvests (ht 02/04/2017)

NFC to sell rice earmarked for earthquake survivors (kp 25/03/2017)

NFC starts producing rice to stabilise prices (kp 24/03/2017)

India to provide 30,000 tonnes of urea to Nepal: Farmers require 61,000 tonnes of the vital farm input to plant their spring crops during the mid-March to mid-June season (kp 18/03/2017)

NOC can import LPG from other countries: India has remained sole supplier of petro prodcuts to Nepal so far (rep 14/03/2017)

‘Include provision of compensation in the new Supply Agreement with IOC’ (ht 14/03/2017)

‘Fuel shortage’ fear grips Valley (ht 10/03/2017), ‘Panic buying’ prompts gas stations to ration fuel (kp 11/03/2017)

Food storage facilities planned in 4 districts (kp 08/03/2017)

Rudhigaun reeling under food crisis, by Prakash Singh (ht 04/03/2017)

Salt depot to be set up at Rugin VDC (ht 03/03/2017)

Urea shortage likely to hit wheat output: Agriculture inputs Company, the state agency responsible for supplying fertilisers to farmers, has said it is likely to receive fresh urea consignment only after a month, by Kamal Panthi (kp 01/03/2017)

NFC, STCL set up depot to cater to people living in rural areas, by Arjun Shah (kp 28/02/2017)

Basmati rice for Humla: With better transport link between the hills and the plains food shortage in Humla could be eliminated and food be made available at a fraction of the current cost, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 22/02/2017)

Long queues appear at gasoline stations (kp 20/02/2017), Shortage eases after fuel supply doubled (kp 21/02/2017), Oil tankers deliberately disrupt supply (ht 22/02/2017), House panel tells govt to resolve oil shortage (kp 23/02/2017), Agitating petroleum tanker operators should be jailed: Supplies secretary (rep 23/02/2017), Fuel tanker operators halt protests (ht 24/02/2017)

NFC depot in Salleri unable to sell 242 qunitals of rice (kp 13/02/2017)

Chepangs facing food crisis, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 12/02/2012)

Rukum health posts reeling under medicines shortage (kp 05/02/2017)

Karnali locals not happy with 20 kg rice, by DB Buda (rep 04/02/2017)

Drug shortage in Solukhumbu: Even the District Public Health Office is reeling under medicine shortage (ht 03/02/2017)

NBSM set to operate high-tech calibration unit (ht 03/02/2017)

2 dozen VDCs in Jajarkot facing food shortage: NFC has not supplied rice to the food-hit region because its zonal office in Nepalgunj could not agree on transportation fare (kp 02/02/2017) [!!]

Bottlers refuse to import LPG (kp 30/01/2017)

Nepali LPG bullets to start supplying gas within a week (ht 28/01/2017)

Supplies ministry seeks Rs 62bn to boost fuel storage capacity (ht 25/01/2017)

What’s cooking? No LPG crisis this winter! An end to load-shedding leads to fall in demand for gas (ht 24/01/2017)

Food security situation likely to deteriorate (ht 22/01/2017)

Nepal Oil Corporation brings new fuel distribution bylaw (ht 20/01/2017)

Drought-stricken villagers receive rice grains (rep 19/01/2017)

Western districts face shortage of cooking gas, by Amrita Anmol (kp 15/01/2017)

NOC allots Rs117b for new fuel storage plants (kp 12/01/2017)

Bajura locals demand rice, salt depots (ht 07/01/2017)

LPG bottlers lack incentive to step on the gas to get NBSM accreditation: Of 53 companies operating across the country, only one has acquired Nepal Standard certification in over a month, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 31/12/2016)

2,600 gas dealers in Valley certified in one year (ht 30/12/2016)

Food depots in rural Jumla without rice since a decade: Locals; People forced to buy rice at higher price, by DB Buda (rep 28/12/2016)

Fight against hunger: Govt and development partners should ensure enough food reaches deficient areas (kp 22/12/2016), Chronic neglect: Programmes such as food for work need to be launched to provide immediate relief to the locals (ht 23/12/2016)

31 VDCs classified as highly food insecure: An estimated 34,000 residents in these VDCs require humanitarian assistance due to lasting impacts  of the April-May 2015 earthquakes (kp 21/12/2016)

LPG bottlers ask for removal of tanker import hurdles (kp 20/12/2016), Nepali LPG bullets stuck in Birgunj for three weeks (ht 20/12/2016), Nepali gas bullets stuck in Birgunj customs to be released, by Dilip Paudel (rep 29/12/2016)

NOC to import Euro IV petrol, diesel from April next year (kp 19/12/2016)

20 kg rice to families for birth or death functions in Karnali region (ht 15/12/2016)

Bajura villages reel under salt shortage (kp 14/12/2016)

Chepangs seek resettlement from famine-hit Brushbang (ht 12/12/2016)

Food shortage looms large over Jajarkot villages, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 08/12/2016)

NFC chief Shrestha recalled (kp 07/12/2016)

Subsidised rice demand lowers with road link: 17,000 quintals of surplus rice in Mugu, Kalikot, Jumla, by Janak Nepal (kp 06/12/2016)

NFC to buy beans, grains from farmers in Karnali (kp 06/12/2016)

Diesel smuggling reports: Ministry intensifies checks of tankers, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 05/12/2016), Govt to depute inspection teams at small customs (kp 08/12/2016)

NOC urges consumers not to go after fuel shortage rumours: The petroleum monopoly’s call comes at a time when the Valley is witnessing panic buying of  petrol and diesel (kp 03/12/2016)

7,000 quintal rice lies undistributed in NFC warehouse (rep 03/12/2016)

Gas bottlers to boost storage capacity (ht 01/12/2016)

Transporters start installing security locking system in fuel tankers: The system is expected to control possible leakage of petro products, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 25/11/2016)

Demand for iron and steel skyrockets (ht 24/11/2016)

Salt shortage rumours set off panic buying, by Birendra KC (kp 23/11/2016), Kaski reeling under salt crunch (ht 23/11/2016)

Govt to build fuel storage plants in all 75 districts (kp 14/11/2016)

STC dismisses salt shortage rumours: The state-run salt supplier says it has stock for over six months (kp 13/11/2016)

Prolonged drought causes food crisis in three districts (ht 12/11/2016)

Security forces okayed to operate tank trucks, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 11/11/2016)

Euro IV standard petrol, diesel from April 17 (ht 11/11/2016)

Fewer bullets carrying LPG to Nepal, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 08/11/2016), Indian suppliers deny reducing number of bullets supplying LPG: Sources claim NLPGIA president's earlier statement may have been intended to create havoc and to create an artificial shortage, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 09/11/2016)

Severe drought triggers food crisis in Mugu, by Prakash Singh (ht 08/11/2016)

Govt to allow NTL to start petro trade with China (ht 07/11/2016)

NOC to supply Euro IV standard petro products from mid-2017 (ht 05/11/2016)

Low crop production behind perennial food shortage in Baitadi: Baitadi needs to produce extra 22,500 metric tonnes of food grains annually to address the shortage, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp 04/11/2016)

NOC to end import quota imposed on LPG (ht 27/10/2016)

Climate change threatens food safety, experts warn (kp 25/10/2016), Food security: Govt must adopt policies to ensure Nepal meets its food requirements (kp 26/10/2016)

‘Self-reliance in rice production soon’ (ht 25/10/2016)

Call to tap into natural resources in Mustang, by Binod Tripathi (kp 23/10/2016)

Darchula reeling under food deficit, by Manoj Badu (kp 23/10/2016)

Feeding the millions: Problem of food insecurity in Nepal can be minimised by adopting various scientific and indigenous techniques, by Yubak Dhoj GC (kp 20/10/2016)

MoS plans to build petroleum storage facilities in all provinces under PPP model (ht 20/10/2016)

Govt to introduce non-explosive Composite LPG cylinders, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 19/10/2016)

GHI rates Nepal’s hunger as ‘serious’ (kp 15/10/2016) [see report findings for Nepal], Decline in hunger: There is no reason for Nepal to miss the target if all-out efforts are made in agriculture and also in their distribution (ht 17/10/2016)

Food imports balloon as local output stalls, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 15/10/2016)

Country may face shortage of construction materials: Crisis could trigger spike in prices once rebuilding activities start gathering pace, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 14/10/2016)

2 more oil depots to be built to boost reserves: The government is currently making preparations to allow the Nepal Army to build a petroleum storage facility at Panchkhal in Kavrepalanchok district, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 08/10/2016)

Govt issues licences for 15 modern petrol pumps (kp 08/10/2016)

The goat rush: No sign of Nepal becoming self-sufficient in goat meat anytime soon, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 07/10/2016), Goats for Dashain: Let’s hope Nepalis will get to celebrate Dashain in the future with domestically produced goat meat, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 09/10/2016)

Food crunch hits Jajarkot locals (ht 06/10/2016), Jajarkot NFC depot runs out of rice, by Janak KC (rep 06/10/2016), Freed Haliyas reeling under food crisis, by Prakash Singh (ht 06/10/2016) [Nepal's inactive political overlords wish all affected people a very happy Dashain!!]

STC imports 1.2k tonnes of sugar, by Shankar Acharya (kp 03/10/2016)

Obstructed roads hit food supply hard (ht 30/09/2016)

Govt mulls setting up automatic fuel pumps, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 29/09/2016)

NFC starts airlifting food to drought-hit Humla, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 28/09/2016)

North Gorkha sans subsidised grains (kp 28/09/2016)

Forever Famished: Every year, Humla’s chronic food shortfall makes the headlines. Could new projects linking the district to China break the cycle?, by Rajneesh Bhandari (kp 24/09/2016)

Bajura villagers stare at food shortage ahead of Dashain: Last year’s drought has left hundreds of hectares of farmland barren in villages like Kolti, Sappata, Jukot, Wai, Badhu Rugin and Gotri, by Arjun Shah (kp 22/09/2016), Bajura VDCs hit hard by food crunch (ht 23/09/2016)

Fuel deliveries increased after rush on the pumps (kp 21/09/2016)

Locals face food crisis as rice rots at NFC godown, by Jagat Khadka (rep 17/09/2016)

Gas bottlers unwilling to import LPG from Odisha (kp 14/09/2016)

NFC unable to transport rice to drought-hit Humla, by Jaya Bahadur Rokaya (kp 09/09/2016)

Four new LPG bottlers registered so far this FY (kp 05/09/2016)

Food insecurity looms in 212 VDCs: MoAD (ht 31/08/2016)

Monitoring team seizes underweight gas cylinders (kp 27/08/2016)

NFC accused of jacking up price of aid rice in Bajhang (kp 25/08/2016)

NOC demands land for storage plants, pipeline (kp 25/08/2016)

POL Products: Distribution Mechanism In A Clutter, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 25/08/2016)

Four Karnali districts facing acute food shortage (ht 22/08/2016)

NOC fails to expand storage facility despite repeated shortages (ht 21/08/2016), End disruptions: The storage capacity for fuel should be built so as to last for at least three months’ supply of petroleum products (ht 22/08/2016), NOC: Shortage caused by ‘short-term supply upset’ (kp 23/08/2016), Fuel woes: Recurring gasoline shortages in the Capital call for a durable solution (kp 24/08/2016)

Govt ‘selling’ rice meant for quake victims, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 20/08/2016)

NOC awards contract to expand Thankot (kp 16/08/2016)

Govt will reconsider scrapping of fuel import permits: PM, by Bibek Subedi (kp 07/08/2016)

House panel tells Supply Ministry to allow gas bottlers to obtain bullets, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 03/08/2016), House panel directs government not to halt process of purchasing LPG bullets (ht 03/08/2016)

2,000 families could face food shortage in Sindhupalchok (kp 03/08/2016)

Grant rice stuckat NFC warehouses (kp 27/07/2016)

Cooking gas imports drop by almost half, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 27/07/2016)

Govt scraps fuel permits issued to private firms (kp 22/07/2016),  ‘Example of policy inconsistency’ (kp 25/07/2016)

Nepal slides back into food deficit, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/07/2016)

Food for thought: Ration card for the poor is a good idea, but it is the implementation that counts (kp 06/07/2016)

Preps being made for ration card, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 03/07/2016)

Rule Of Anarchy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 27/06/2016)

NOC plans to import additional 10,000 tonnes of LPG in July (ht 27/06/2016)

Circulation of poor-quality LPG cylinders puts consumers at risk, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 18/06/2016), Breaking point: Lax regulations and negligence have turned LPG cylinders into accidents waiting to happen, leaving consumers playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/06/2016)

Ministry bans HP Gas from importing LPG, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 16/06/2016), LPG bottlers warn of halting supply, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/06/2016), Defying existing laws, bottlers announce halting LPG imports, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/06/2016), Gas bottling plants’ decision to launch protest draws flak: Government calls the move to halt imports of LPG ‘insensitive’ (ht 21/06/2016), Protesting gas bottlers reject delivery orders (kp 22/06/2016), LPG bottlers call off protests (kp 23/06/2016)

Food security monitoring system handed to govt (kp 14/06/2016)

Remote Humla villages stare at food crisis: Govt has started transporting rice to the drought-hit districts, but the NFC has been unable to ferry rice to the affected areas (kp 14/06/2016)

Nepal Food Corporation to diversify business (kp 13/06/2016)

Govt sends rice to drought-hit areas: The government has declared ‘Karnali Special Programme’ and decided to distribute rice in the affected villages (kp 07/06/2016)

Jajarkot facing acute food shortage (ht 05/06/2016)

Pregnant women, new mothers and children bear the brunt of food crisis, by Prakash Singh (ht 04/06/2016

Food crisis hits Humla hard (ht 03/06/2016)

Four PEs to be merged to form new supply company (kp 01/06/2016)

Govt fails to enforce law to ensure urgent service: In violation of Essential Services Act, transport entrepreneurs go on a strike to protest hike in traffic rule violation fines, by Manish Gautam (kp 27/05/2016)

NFC seeks additional money to supply food to drought-hit districts (kp 26/05/2016)

Govt committee to study gas card system (kp 25/05/2016)

Consumer forum seeks strict rules for manufacture of gas cylinders (ht 25/05/2016)

Chepang community facing starvation (ht 23/05/2016)

14 districts in Mid West stare at ‘food shortage’, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 22/05/2016)

Food shortage looms in Mugu (kp 18/05/2016)

Beijing ‘sends’ freight train for Nepal: Departed from Lanzhou as first combined transport service to Kathmandu on Wednesday, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 13/05/2016), Goods brought by Chinese train reach Rasuwagadhi, by Krishna Thapa (kp 23/05/2016)

Fuel and food: Excessive reliance on import for basic commodities can have dire outcomes (kp 11/05/2016)

LPG shortage prolongs as supply from India continues to be erratic (ht 11/05/2016), IOC agrees to increase cooking gas supply (kp 12/05/2016), IOC reluctant to supply LP gas from Paradip refinery, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 16/05/2016)

Card system in the offing to manage LP gas distribution, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 11/05/2016)

NOC mulls allowing gas sellers to swap any brand of cylinders (kp 06/05/2016)

Country faces shortfall of ‘55,000 tonnes’ of cooking gas (kp 05/05/2016)

LP gas storage facilities to be set up across the country, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 05/05/2016)

NOC giving short measure of fuel, says probe team (kp 04/05/2016)

Consumers warned against hoarding petro products, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 04/05/2016)

Panel to study possible oil imports from China (kp 03/05/2016)

Supply of cooking gas fails to ease (ht 03/05/2016)

Black market fuels crisis of cooking gas: DoSM (kp 29/04/2016)

Shortage forces valley’s gas stations to innovate, by Zenith KC (kp 28/04/2016)

Desperate housewives and unending gas shortage woes, by Zenith KC (kp 27/04/2016)

Conspiracy of silence: It is the man in the street who wants to get the product – gas, petrol or diesel at the official rate who is bearing the brunt of the shortage (ht 26/04/2016)

Valley faces petrol shortage again: Inefficient monitoring has created fuel shortage and encouraged black-marketeers (ht 25/04/2016) [No Indian help needed?]

Only 1,700 gas depots certified (kp 22/04/2016)

LPG still hard to find despite rising imports, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 18/04/2016), Govt to revive card system for LPG sales (kp 23/04/2016)

Gas company supplying cylinders to influential people (rep 13/04/2016)

Food shortage hits Mugu villages, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 12/04/2016)

Fuel pump owners accused of black-marketing (ht 12/04/2016)

LPG bottlers threaten government to halt supply (ht 11/04/2016)

Concession sought on import of gas bullets (ht 08/04/2016)

Gas bottlers accused of prolonging LPG crisis, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 07/04/2016), Govt, gas bottlers blame consumers for LP gas shortage (rep 07/04/2016)

Govt probes price hikes, shortage of edible oils (kp 06/04/2016)

NOC to hire 50 more gas tankers to boost imports (kp 05/04/2016), Public still desperate for LPG despite ample supply, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 05/04/2016)

Acute cooking gas shortage: ‘Over 500k’ new cylinders might have entered mkt, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 04/04/2016)

Govt runs out of gas while enforcing rules LPG shortage recurs, as government fails to scrap licences of more than 50 errant bottling plants, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 02/04/2016)

Call to allow consumers to swap any brand of cooking gas cylinder (kp 02/04/2016)

NOC to India: Supply extra 15k tonnes of LPG (kp 30/03/2016)

Embargo fears set off gasoline panic buying: Rumours about a possible embargo started flying from Sunday, leading nervous motorists to besiege gasoline stations almost immediately, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 29/03/2016)

Traders scramble to deliver food to drought-hit Karnali, by Arjun Shah (kp 27/03/2016)

Famine looms in far-western districts (ht 26/03/2016)

Shortage of sands and aggregates another stumbling block in development works (rep 26/03/2016)

Fuel shortages in East as workers protest (kp 26/03/2016)

High-level panel formed to probe LPG shortage (kp 25/03/2016)

Economists find proposal to procure only 33% of fuel demand from China faulty, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 25/03/2016)

Locals hit hard as food crisis looms large in Bajura village (ht 24/03/2016)

NOC asks bottling plants to hire more gas bullets to import LPG (ht 24/03/2016)

Still, short-supply (ht 23/03/2016)

Bottlers say no alternative to increasing LPG supply (ht 22/03/2016)

Deuba dares government to crack down on black-marketeers, by Prakash Rimal and Prakash Acharya (ht 20/03/2016)

Police start direct supervision of LPG distribution (kp 19/03/2016)

NOC's 12 KL consignments short of 200 liters, say dealers (rep 19/03/2016)

Oil licences issued to pvt firms scrapped (kp 18/03/2016), Birat Petroleum inflated input costs, reveals PAC (ht 18/03/2016)

Far-west food depots sans staff (ht 18/03/2016)

Manang villagers stop buying NFC’s subsidised rice over quality concern, by Aash Gurung (kp 16/03/2016)

Black-marketing of fuel unabated in Rautahat, authorities indifferent (ht 16/03/2016)

Diesel in short supply as NOC cuts deliveries: The state-owned oil monopoly has been supplying only 350-400 kilolitres of diesel daily compared to the requirement of 500 kilolitres, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/03/2016), Black marketeering of diesel on the rise, by Binod Bhandari and Awadesh Kumar Jha (kp 15/03/2016), Diesel shortage hits development projects (rep 15/03/2016)

Fuel crisis hits factories along Birgunj-Pathlaiya industrial corridor hard (ht 12/03/2016)

Queues at oil pumps will ‘disappear in a few weeks’ (hp 11/03/2016)

NOC to expand Thankot depot’s storage capacity (ht 11/03/2016), Capacity of Thankot depot to be boosted (kp 16/03/2016)

Fuel supply from India normalising (ht 10/03/2016)

BPPL to get NOC nod to sell petrol (ht 08/03/2016), NOC breaks rules to allow BPPL to sell petrol, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 11/03/2016), Govt still allowing Birat to sell fuel at arbitrary rate, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 11/03/2016), PAC orders MoS to supply clarification: NOC’s ‘unilateral’ move to let pvt company sell petrol fuels controversy, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 12/03/2016), PAC seeks clarification from MoS for letting BPPL sell petrol (ht 12/03/2016), MoS clarification on Bppl case overlooks import cost details (ht 15/03/2016)

Far-west reeling under fuel shortage (ht 06/03/2016)

Stations to distribute fuel from morning (ht 06/03/2016

Waiting: The promise of being Nepali is an eternal longing, a wait so long no one knows when, or if, it will ever end, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 05/03/2016)

Supply Situation: Leaves Much To Be Desired, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 03/03/2016)

We won’t raise fuel supply: IOC to NOC, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 03/03/2016), IOC increases fuel supplies to Nepal (kp 07/03/2016)

Bottlers get NOC nod to acquire gas bullets (kp 02/03/2016)

Drama Government Plays In Fuel Supply, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 03/03/2016)

Food shortage stares Karnali folk: Water sources drying up n Drought worst in remote districts in 40 yrs (kp 29/02/2016), No quick fix: Karnali needs a long-term solution to the drought-induced food insecurity (kp 01/03/2016), Govt will act before starvation looms large in Karnali: Gajurel (ht 09/03/2016) [??]

Food security strategy to tackle food crisis in Bajura (ht 29/02/2016), Food crisis hits remote Bajhang villages, by Jagat Khadka (rep 29/02/2016)

Mugu locals making do without iodized salt, by Suman Malla (rep 29/02/2016)

IOC assures regular LPG supply from today: IOC has reduced the supply for the past week, citing technical problem at its Barauni-based depot (kp 29/02/2016)

Not enough to eat: Food scarcity has impact on social, economic, cultural and educational aspects of public life, by Raj Pariyar (kp 28/02/2016)

Boosting fuel storage capacity to 3 mths’ supply: NOC estimates cost of Rs28b (kp 28/02/2016)

Fuel black-marketing hits transport operators (ht 27/02/2016)

Food crisis looms large in far-west hilly districts (ht 25/02/2016)

Motorists still have a hard time filling their tanks (kp 25/02/2016), NOC fails to follow minister’s instruction (ht 26/02/2016)

Cooking gas shipment halted by worker unrest, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 25/02/2016)

Food crisis hits Mugu as NFC fails to lower price, by Suman Malla (rep 24/02/2016)

Breaking IOC monopoly: NOC holding talks with India’s Reliance; During the embargo, the Indian state-owned oil company had cut fuel supplies by as much as 90 percent, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 24/02/2016)

NOC instructed to develop new storage facilities (ht 24/02/2016)

Birat brings further 132KL petrol, out to sell at Rs 155 per liter: NOC allegedly not easing supply to compel consumers to buy Birat fuel, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 24/02/2016)

Rice meant for relief rotting in food corporation godown (ht 24/02/2016)

Govt removes restrictions on fuel distribution (kp 23/02/2016), Fuel rationing to end from today to shorten queues (ht 23/02/2016)

‘Food insecurity persists’: there remains a pressing need for assistance in mountain and hill areas, according to a UN report (kp

Govt likely to resume sales of full gas cylinders (ht 22/02/2016)

LPG bottlers face shortage of cylinder: Due to panic buying  triggered by a shortage  of cooking gas, a large number of households have been hoarding cylinders, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 21/02/2016)

India supplying just 60pc of LPG demand, says NOC (kp 20/02/2016)

Days Of Scarcity Are Not Over Yet, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 18/02/2016), Stalled market monitoring allows black-marketing to flourish in capital, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 18/02/2016), Fuel crunch still reigns in Valley: Consumer activists suspect continued deflection to black market, by Sujan Dhungana and Sagar Ghimire (rep 18/02/2016), NOC unlikely to fulfil its earlier pledge, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 19/02/2016), Passing the buck: The black market will continue to rule the roost until the government makes its concerned ministries and agencies accountable to the public (ht 19/02/2016) [This will never happen under he current generation of failed politicians!!]

Bajhang faces drugs shortage, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 15/02/2016)

NOC: LPG supplies will be regularised within a week (kp 15/02/2016), NOC doubles supply of petrol to fuel stations (ht 15/02/2016), Valley pumps still dry despite improvement in fuel supply, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 15/02/2016)

Gas stations to sell fuel from today (kp 13/02/2016)

Government scraps quota system for fuel distribution: Fuel will be available from both private and state-owned  pumps in the Kathmandu Valley from Friday (kp 12/02/2016), Fuel distribution to be regular from today, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 12/02/2015)

Fuel shortage continues in east Nepal, by Raju Adhikari (rep 12/02/2016)

Full cooking gas cylinders available in black market: LPG bottlers, Nepal Oil Corporation officials claim they are unaware of the irregularities, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 11/02/2016)

NOC expects fuel supply to ease (kp 11/02/2016)

137 fuel laden tankers, two gas bullets enter country via Birgunj (ht 11/02/2016)

95 fuel tankers enter via Birgunj (ht 10/02/2016)

Seize the day: With oil prices down, government should consider introducing a new levy on petroleum products, by Bibek Raj Kandel (kp 09/02/2016)

NOC writes to IOC to scrap tanker rerouting (kp 08/02/2016)

Raxaul depot likely to supply petrol, diesel, LPG from today: To take 15-30 days to normalise fuel, cooking gas availability, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 08/02/2016)

Half-filled LPG cylinders: Cooking gas bottlers divided (kp 06/02/2016)

Humla folk face difficulty in absence of NFC depots, by Jay Bahadur Rokaya (kp 05/02/2016)

Allowing frims to import fuel for self-use: Supply Ministry okays working guidelines, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 04/02/2016)

Import of LPG up with rerouting of bullets (ht 02/02/2016)

Motorbikes, cars to get fuel every alternate week, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 01/02/2016)

Cooking gas stock enough to half-fill 1.2m cylinders: NOC (kp 30/01/2016)

‘Govt under control of fuel mafia’ (kp 29/01/2016)

Bottlers fail to furnish LPG distribution details (kp 26/01/2016)

Birgunj border reopens: Carts loaded with goods entering Nepal from India during night (ht 25/01/2016), Obstruction continues at Birgunj-Raxaul point: Vehicles entering Nepal through other crossings, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 26/01/2016)

‘Regular’ fuel distribution in Valley from next week: Oil monopoly now has enough fuel in stock for distribution in the Capital on a regular basis, albeit in reduced quantities, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/01/2016)

Black-marketing of petro-products rampant (ht 24/01/2016)

Lack of records results in fuel coupon misuse, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 23/01/2016)

NOC asks district depots to divert fuel to Valley (kp 22/01/2016), NOC explores possible options to normalise fuel situation, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/01/2016)

Black market flourishes as state mechanism ceases to function (ht 22/01/2016)

CIAA to NOC: Regularise fuel distribution (kp 21/01/2016)

Food crisis looms over Sindhupalchowk quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 21/01/2016)

IOC refuses to boost fuel supply: IOC has refused to issue fuel from depots other than Raxaul citing inadequate stock, according to NOC (kp 21/01/2016)

Oil slump: While the world rejoices the plunge in oil prices, the reality for Nepal is entirely different, by Bibek Raj Kandel (kp 20/01/2016)

Unscrupulous Elements Reigning Supreme, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 20/01/2016)

Half-filled cylinders: Supply Ministry urged to scrap the practice, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 20/01/2016)

Darchula, Parbat reel under medicine crisis, by Manoj Badu (kp 18/01/2016)

Shipments of fertilisers start: 63,000 tonnes of chemical fertilisers have been stranded at the Kolkata Port (kp 17/01/2016)

42 pc jump in LPG import fails to touch consumer plight, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 16/01/2016)

Trade eased but market still facing shortages, by Binod Bhandari and Parbat Portel (kp 15/01/2016)

Fuel shortage unlikely to ease till supply from Raxaul normalises (ht 15/01/2016), Supply returning to normal along Eastern border points (ht 15/01/2016)

Locals feeding on mouldy rice (ht 15/01/2016)

Bajura villagers face severe crisis of food: According to District Food Security Network, 60 to 80 percent of people in 10 VDCs in the district are affected by the shortage, by Arjun Shah (kp 14/01/2016)

Not enough bricks for reconstruction works (ht 14/01/2016)

Govt to sell rice received in grant for quake survivors, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 12/01/2016)

Govt mulls halting fuel import permit issuance (kp 11/01/2016)

Kolkata port halts loading of Nepal-bound cargoes, by Shankar Acharya (kp 11/01/2016)

Humla reeling under acute food crisis, by Prakash Singh (ht 10/01/2016)

Fuel shortage hits development projects (ht 10/01/2016)

Oil flows swell as restrictions ease, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 04/01/2016)

NFSMS sees improvement in food security situation in quake-hit districts (rep 04/01/2016)

Illegally hoarded food grains seized in capital (ht 02/01/2016)

Rice yet to reach earthquake victims (ht 31/12/2015)

NOC head’s move certain to raise some eyebrows: Depot chiefs directed not to disclose stock position of fuel; Officials told not to distribute fuel to private vehicles, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 31/12/2015), Fuel crisis shows no sign of easing: Number of tankers coming in with petroleum products on the rise (ht 31/12/2015)

NFC: Bug-free rice is being sent to quake survivors, by Sudip Kaini (kp 29/12/2015)

NOC to obtain bullets to bring gas from China, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 26/12/2015)

NFC rice starts rotting in godown, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 24/12/2015)

Bad business: Govt decision to allow all and sundry to import fuel sets a dangerous precedent (kp 24/12/2015)

Cooking gas distribution: 8 cops injured as clash flares up in Kirtipur, by Manish Gautam (kp 23/12/2015)

Energy security strategy: Fuel crisis prompts govt to mull 15-yr plan, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 23/12/2015)

15 medicines-laden cargoes enter via Rupaidiha in 10 days, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 22/12/2015)

Valley getting 4pc of LPG demand, by Rajesh Khanal /kp 22/12/2015)

Smuggling of gasoline rampant in border villages, by Madhav Dhugana (kp 21/12/2015)

350 trucks of drugs still stuck (kp 19/12/2015)

NOC to start SMS service for fuel queue (kp 18/12/2015)

NBSM accused of letting off errant petrol pumps as black-marketeering rises, by Narendra Adhikari (kp 16/12/2015)

Bottlers supplying gas only to their near and dear ones (kp 15/12/2015)

Cargoes rerouted, by Shnkar Acharya (kp 14/12/2015)

Cargo flow better via Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha border point, by Rajendra Nath and Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 13/12/2015)

Fuel imports remain at just 30pc of demand (kp 12/12/2015)

Prospective oil importers yet to bring 1st shipment, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 10/12/2015)

Black marketeering goes unchecked, by Anup Ojha (kp 09/12/2015)

Govt to build 3 depots to boost reserves (kp 09/12/2015)

Under the counter: Black marketeering of petroleum products needs to be curbed, supplies normalised (kp 08/12/2015)

Free the market: The private sector should be allowed to sell varied quality of petrol at different prices, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 08/12/2015)

Shortages, price hike hit Kathmandu dwellers, by Suman Bashyal (kp 01/12/2015)

Govt to purchase, sell food grains, by Prakash Acharya (kp 01/12/2015)

82 oil tankers enter Nepal (kp 29/11/2015)

Govt likely to give sack to NOC chief: Khadka under fire for failing to ease fuel crisis, speed up China deal, by Bhadra Sharma and Rajesh Khanal (kp 28/11/2015)

NOC to sell fuel only through petrol pumps (kp 26/11/2015)

Shortage of construction materials: KMC sees no decrease in building permit applications (kp 26/11/2015)

Bid to ensure distribution of fuel: Set up inspection desks at pumps, panel tells govt (kp 25/11/2015)

Youths offer free meal service in Capital, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/11/2015)

Petrolimex likely to start aviation fuel supply this week (kp 24/11/2015)

Cereal imports expected to hit record 855,800 tonnes, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/11/2015)

Bureaucratic ways untouched by public plight, by Arjun Poudel (rep 23/11/2015)

Police crack down on LPG hoarders (ht 21/11/2015)

Locals wait for cooking gas for days, by Rishiram Baral (ht 21/11/2015)

Normalise drugs supply, House panel tells govt (kp 21/11/2015), Morcha violates own decision to let medicine cargo pass (kp 21/11/2015)

Shortage of petroleum products: Crisis-hit disabled rue govt apathy, by Anup Ojha (kp 19/11/2015), Goons block LPG supply at refilling plants, by Rudra Pangeni and Sujan Dhungana (ht 19/11/2015), Pokhara reeling under drug crunch as dealers run out of stock (ht 19/11/2015), Health minister warns drugs suppliers (kp 19/11/2015), 'Finance Ministry agrees to pay duty of essential medicines', by Arjun Poudel (rep 19/11/2015), Daily essentials crunch hits far-west (ht 19/11/2015)

Central Medical Store unable to supply drugs, by Shankar Acharya (kp 18/11/2015), No stock, say importers, by Manish Gautam (kp 18/11/2015),
Drugs worth millions rotting at TIA customs, by Arjun Poudel (rep 18/11/2015) [Dump all these politicians into a dust bin as soon as possible!!]

NOC distributes 300,000-plus litres of petroleum products (ht 18/11/2015)

Acute shortage of daily necessities hits Banke district, by Tekendra Basyal (rep 18/11/2015)

Bangla bondhu: The planned Nepal-Bangladesh oil trade could help break the Indian fuel monopoly, by Y.B. Thapa (kp 18/11/2015)

Gorkha to set up paddy storage for quake victims, by Sudip Kaini (kp 17/11/2015)

Birgunj dry port waives storage, parking fees, by Shankar Acharya (kp 17/11/2015)

18 fuel tankers enter Nepal (kp 17/11/2015), Govt promoting black market in fuel: Industrialists, by Kuvera Chalise and Sujan Oli (rep 17/11/2015), Where is the fuel going?, by Ajit Tiwari (rep 17/11/2015), Import of supplies through Jogbani border back to normal, by Binod Subedi (rep 17/11/2015), Nepal’s humanitarian response: Best amongst worst options, by Suresh Acharya (ht 17/11/2015)

Govt sells firewood: Only a few hundred get logs from 2 TCN depots, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 16/11/2015), Govt starts selling firewood amid fuel crisis (ht 16/11/2015), 121 fuel tankers enter from south (kp 16/11/2015), Flow of cargo-laden vehicles from India increases (ht 16/11/2015), ‘China ready to send gas via Tatopani’ (kp 16/11/2015), China proposes to bring gas bullets directly to Panchkhal (ht 16/11/2015)

Bottlers accused of selling LPG at random: Authorities fail to take proper measures to ensure smooth supply of half-filled cylinders (kp 15/11/2015)

Cooking gas shortage: More Nepali households switch to electric cookers, by Binod Bhandari and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 15/11/2015)

NRNA for immediate end to ongoing humanitarian crisis (kp 11/11/2015), Lift blockade without delay, says Ban Ki-moon (rep 11/11/2015), AYON launches text message campaign (kp 11/11/2015), Red Cross concerned over shortage of essential commodities (rep 11/11/2015), Homeless and cold but no zeal to rebuild: Sindhupalchok awaits help to reconstruct flattened homes, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 11/11/2015), Shortage of essentials worries ICRC, donors (ht 11/11/2015), Fuel shortage affects Red Cross services (kp 11/11/2015), Myagdi district reels under acute drug shortage, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep 11/11/2015), Goods start coming in via Rasuwagadhi, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 11/11/2015), Let actions speak: It is high time that the government came up with a concrete strategic plan to ease the supply situation (ht 11/11/2015)

NOC mulls fuel import from Bangladesh, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 11/11/2015) [Through Indian territory??]

Humanitarian crisis: NHRC seeks help from around globe: Says supply disruption depriving Nepalis of economic, social rights (kp 09/11/2015), NHRC urges int’l community to help ease humanitarian crisis in Nepal (rep 09/11/2015), Hard times: Basic goods are scarce and the general public is badly suffering, by Dikshya Singh Rathour (rep 09/11/2015), With supplies halted, key drugs running out of stock: Experts say  act violates people’s right to health, by Manish Gautam (kp 09/11/2015), Shortage of medicines hits health services: Containers carrying medicines have been stranded at Indian border points for the past one and a half months (kp 09/11/2015)

Petromax likely to start ATF supplies by Thursday (kp 09/11/2015), Birat Petroleum cancels controversial supply deal: The petroleum company had run into controversy following reports that the prices quoted by it were way high (kp 09/11/2015), Birat cancels deal with NOC (ht 09/11/2015)

Petro Politics In Nepal, by Charlotte Benham (rn 07/11/2015)

Nepalis refuelling vehicles in towns across border, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 07/11/2015)

Far-west reeling under fuel crisis (ht 07/11/2015)

NAC agrees to airlift fuel for five more days, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/11/2015), Petromax to airlift ATF from tomorrow, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 07/11/2015)

NOC slammed for awarding fuel import contract to Birat, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/11/2015), NOC admits flouting law in contract award to Birat Oil, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 06/11/2015), PAC seeks details of fuel import plan, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 07/11/2015), PAC seeks details of progress made to import fuel (ht 07/11/2015)

A pain in the gas, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 06/11/2015)

NOC, pvt companies reach fuel supply deal, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 05/11/2015), Private vehicles to get fuel today (ht 05/11/2015)

4,500 LPG cylinders distributed in Pokhara, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 05/11/2015)

Nepal-China oil deal: NOC invites PetroChina for talks (kp 04/11/2015), PetroChina officials invited for talks (ht 04/11/2015)

Food shortage looms large in Mugu: Dry spell has raised food shortage fear in the district where around 90 percent people are involved in agriculture, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 03/11/2015)

LPG to be distributed only though dealers (kp 03/11/2014)

Private autos to get fuel from Thursday, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 03/11/2015)

Fuel crisis affects food supply to Karnali districts, by Nagendra Upadhyay and Arjun Oli (rep 02/11/2015)

12 tankers arrive from Kerung: Bring in 80,000 litre petrol in first lot; Customs issues resolved, by Krishna Thapa (kp 02/11/2015), Cargo stuck at ICD Birgunj starts being dispatched (ht 02/11/2015), ‘The crisis at this time can lead us to seek alternatives for the long term’, interview with Commerce Minister Ganesh Man Pun (ht 02/11/2015)

Cooking gas crisis leaves public high and dry: The distribution of LPG was left at the mercy of a limited number of distributors, by Suman Bashyal (kp 01/11/2015), Consumers queue for cooking gas, return empty-handed (ht 01/11/2015), 50k LPG cylinders distributed: NLPGIA (kp 02/11/2015), 15 LPG bullets enter (ht 02/11/2015)

Black marketing of fuel rampant, by Laxmi Gautam (kp 01/11/2015)

Around 300,000 litres fuel distributed (ht 31/10/2015)

Unsafe storing of fuel threatens lives, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 30/10/2015), Shortage of foodstuffs hits Palpa villages, by Madhav Aryal (kp 30/10/2015), Fuel crisis hits foreign missions (kp 30/10/2015), Dhading locals prevent gas shipments to Valley, by Harihar Singh Rathore (kp 30/10/2015), Biggest fuel flow from IOC in 5 wks: 131 tankers arrive from south a day after historic Nepal-China oil deal, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 30/10/2015), 100t of grant petrol arriving on Saturday (kp 30/10/2015), Tankers to leave for Kyirong today (ht 30/10/2015), A landmark deal (ht 30/10/2015), Escape plan: The country needs a strategy to break away from the stranglehold some countries have over Nepal, by Shyam KC (kp 30/10/2015)

Markets start running short of daily goods, by Suman Bashyal (kp 29/10/2015)

Bottlers allowed to sell half-filled LPG cylinders (kp 29/10/2015), Distribution begins today, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 31/10/2015)

Dearth of essential drugs hits Sarlahi, by Aman Koirala (kp 28/10/2015)

Fight against hunger: Ensuring food security means increasing accessibility too, not only boosting output, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp 28/10/2015), Food security: Emerging priority, by Jhabindra Bhandari (ht 28/10/2015)

China set to be Nepal’s 2nd oil trade partner: Eight-member government team heads to Beijing for negotiations, by Sangam Prasain (kp 27/10/2015), Nepal Oil Corporation tells transporters to keep fuel tankers on standby (ht 27/10/2015), First consignment likely this week (kp 27/10/2015)

Taskforce on Bhairahawa Special Economic Zone: Ban on strikes, regular power supply suggested (kp 27/10/2015), Schools on the verge of closure: All private institutions in Valley would be shut at least till mid-Nov if fuel supply does not improve immediately, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/10/2015), Fuel crisis: Bandipur hit hard, by Anup Ojha (kp 27/10/2015)

Govt team to hold talks on petro products import from China: Delegation leaving for Beijing to seal G2G deal, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 26/10/2015), Nepal asked to take 1KT fuel by Nov 25: NOC officials say fuel transport through Kerung-Rasuwagadhi  ‘technically feasible’, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 26/10/2015), 'Supply of grant fuel from China within one or two days' (rep 26/10/2015), 127 tankers come from south (kp 26/10/2015), Fuel shortage affects of delivery of humanitarian aid: OCHA (rep 26/10/2015)

Govt to procure fuel from China: China pledges 1,000 tonnes  of fuel as  subsidy to Nepal, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/10/2015)

Black marketing of petroleum products goes unchecked in Rupandehi (kp 24/10/2015)

Kathmandu receives 140,000 lt diesel, 20,000 lt aviation fuel (ht 22/10/2015)

Free the market: The fuel crisis is a result of the monopoly of Nepal Oil Corporation over the import of petroleum products, by Umanga Pandey (kp 20/10/2015)

Fertilisers worth Rs6b stranded at Birgunj Dry Port, by Shankar Acharya (kp 19/10/2015)

Distribute fuel fairly: House panel to govt (ht 19/10/2015)

NOC to reroute stuck gas bullets via Sunauli border, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 18/10/2015)

Valley denizens reel under fuel shortage: Informal sector and labourers affected most during the crisis, by Anup Ojha (kp 18/10/2015)

Supply of Himalayan sheep, goats shrinks, by Shiva Sharma (kp 17/10/2015), NFC starts selling goats, sheep for Dashain feast (kp 17/10/2015)

NOC in fix as bidders quote high price, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 16/10/2015), Nepal Oil Corp fails to hand over fuel supply contract (ht 17/10/2015)

Fossil fuel crisis unlikely to be resolved soon, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 16/10/2015)

IOC cuts fuel supply again (kp 16/10/2015)

LPG costs double on black mkt, by Harihar Singh Rathore (kp 16/10/2015)

Kathmandu folk reach Dhading for refuelling (kp 15/10/2015), Rumours prompt long petrol queues, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 15/10/2015)

Setting up new oil storage depots: Security agencies propose over a dozen strategic locations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp15/10/2015) [There should also be depots close to the Chinese border!]

Rice shortage hits north Gorkha once again (rep 14/10/2015)

Pvt vehicle owners wrestle for fuel: Many return empty-handed despite the NOC distributing huge quantities of fuel from Valley depots in 12 days, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 14/10/2015)

NOC seeks to import fuel from China, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 14/10/2015)

‘Boost oil storage capacity fourfold’ (kp 14/10/2015)

Cooking gas shortage: Coil heaters, briquettes seen as alternatives, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/10/2015)

Fuel flow from India increases (kp 13/10/2015), Private vehicles to get up to 20 l fuel today (ht 13/10/2015), Supply eases as border points open (ht 13/10/2015), SSB halts supplies through Biratnagar customs again, by Binod Subedi (rep 13/10/2015)

Food crisis grips Chepang villages, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 11/10/2015)

PAC tells govt to resolve fuel crisis without delay (ht 11/10/2015)

Enough fuel for festive rush: NOC (kp 11/10/2015)

63 oil tankers, gas bullets enter Nepal (kp 10/10/2015), 39 tankers enter via eastern Nepal (ht 10/10/2015)

NOC’s low storage capacity partly blamed for fuel crisis (ht 10/10/2015)

Nepal Airlines Boeing brings fuel: NAC’s Boeing 757 aircraft made two roundtrips to Kolkata, India; Defueling the aircraft will yield at least 20 tonnes after leaving enough in its tanks to conduct its regular flights (kp 09/10/2015), NOC invites global tender for fuel supply (kp 09/10/2015)

Fuel rationing to be revised from today (ht 09/10/2015)

ISPs feel the heat from petroleum shortages (kp 09/10/2015)

91 tankers, 12 LPG bullets enter Nepal (kp 08/10/2015)

Goat supply to come down (kp 08/10/2015)

Dearth of medicine hits health services, by Shankar Acharya and Manoj Paudel (ht 08/10/2015)

Govt mulls over importing fuel from China (ht 06/10/2015)

Taxi drivers hit hard by fuel shortage, by Riwaj Rai (rep 06/10/2015), Acute shortage of essential medicines hits eastern region (rep 06/10/2015)

Blockade, energy shortages goad country into looking for solutions, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 05/10/2015)

India decides to lift restrictions, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 04/10/2015) [But India had claimed that there were no restrictions!?], Border points to open in a day or two, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/10/2015), 10 petrol tankers, 70 containers enter Nepal: More awaiting clearance (kp 04/10/2015), Shortage of cooking gas: ‘40pc of hotels, restaurants shut’ (kp 04/10/2015, Top hotels running out of fuel, food stock, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/10/2015), Fuel crisis hits hydels (ht 04/10/2015)

3-day fuel sale restriction on pvt vehicles, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 01/10/2015), Private vehicles barred from purchasing fuel (ht 01/10/2015), Govt studying options to airlift aviation fuel, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/10/2015), LPG, fuel crunch affects Tanahun (ht 01/10/2015), Gas shortage hits Pokhara hotel business, by Rup Narayan Dhakal (ht 10/09/2015), Eastern hilly region reeling under shortage of daily necessities goods, by Giri Raj Baskota (rep 01/10/2015), Fuel crisis hits ambulances also, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep 01/10/2015)

Fuel crisis worsens: Even-odd vehicle plying in place, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 27/09/2015), Fuel rationing begins: Petrol pumps asked to keep records to avoid duplication in distribution, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 28/09/2015), LPG shortage worsens as bullets stuck on Indian side (kp 28/09/2015), Ministry terms fuel crisis an ‘emergency’ (kp 29/09/2015))

IOC refuses fuel delivery to Nepal: IOC depots restrict supply to Nepal citing reasons including mechanical failure or traffic congestion due to strike in Tarai, by Rajesh Khanal (ht 26/09/2015)

Agitators in Tarai block essential supplies (ht 26/09/2015), Tanahun reeling under urea shortage (ht 26/09/2015), Gasoline shortage hits Kanchanpur, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 26/09/2015)

Govt to ensure essential supplies, public safety, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 25/09/2015)

Govt report highlights state of food security (ht 25/09/2015)

After multiple disasters: Food insecurity, by Komal Raj Aryal (ht 24/09/2015)

Valley may face shortage of goods this Dashain, by Suman Bashyal (kp 24/09/2015), NOC dispatches fuel exceeding daily demand (ht 24/09/2015)

Khotang facing acute dearth of daily essentials (ht 24/09/2015)

Blockade fears set off panic buy, by Suman Bashyal (kp 23/09/2015)

Shortage looms large in festive season: Traders have stopped importing goods due to unrest in Tarai, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 22/09/2015)

Validity of daily market monitoring raises brows (ht 17/09/2015)

Consumers could face LPG shortage as import declines (ht 14/09/2015)

Cooking gas shortage in Birgunj, by Ram Sarraf (ht 12/09/2015), Fertiliser crunch hits Tanahun farmers (ht 12/09/2015)

Bandh causes shortage of daily necessities (ht 10/09/2015)

Udayapur traders running out of commodities (ht 08/09/2015)

Cooking gas ‘shortage’ starts to grip Kathmandu Valley, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 02/09/2015), Fuel shortage affects vehicular traffic (ht 02/09/2015), Valley starts to witness shortage of essentials: Government promises to ensure supply is not affected due to ongoing protests in Tarai (ht 02/09/2015), Wholesalers ‘running out of food stocks’, by Suman Bashyal (kp), Tarai protests trigger fertiliser shortage (ht 04/09/2015), Tankers, trucks travel under police escort, by Shankar Acharya (kp 05/09/2015), Valley faces cooking gas shortage (ht 07/09/2015)

Sindhupalchok classified severely food insecure (kp 02/09/2015)

Quake-hit districts at risk of food insecurity, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 01/09/2015)

Import from China, India stalls as festive season draws close, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 29/08/2015)

Bajura villagers face acute shortage of food items (ht 29/08/2015)

Shortage of fuel continues in Kathmandu Valley (kp 28/08/2015)

Cargo movement comes to a halt in Birgunj (ht 27/08/2015), Capital stares at shortage of essentials, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 27/08/2015)

Fruits, veggies in short supply due to strikes (kp 27/08/2015)

Daily essentials crunch hits far-west (ht 13/08/2015)

Subsidised rice ‘sold’ midway: Locals say foodstuff being ferried to Humla from Gamgadhi was sold to hotels in Bam and Chankheli in Mugu, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 12/07/2015)

Damaged roads halt rice supply (kp 06/07/2015)

Food crisis looms large in Humla, by Jay Bahadur Rokaya (ht 05/07/2015)

Villages stare at famine as rice rots in depots, by Tekendra Deuba (ht 04/07/2015)

Nepal’s rice imports balloon to Rs12 billion (kp 02/07/2015)

Govt sees food surplus of 155,558 tons this year, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 18/06/2015)

Food falls: Food security in quake-hit areas is a concern as 70 percent of households have seen partial or total loss of food stock, by Bhairab Raj Kaini (rep 17/06/2015), 32 district face food deficit (kp 18/06/2015)

Social Protection For Food Security And Development, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 16/06/2015)

Construction materials could be on short supply once reconstruction starts, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 12/06/2015)

After quakes, food insecurity risk grows, as monsoon nears (ht 09/06/2015), FAO warns of food insecurity risk in post-quake scenario (ht 09/06/2015)

Soaring prices: Govt to import, supply pulses, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 08/06/2015)

Mosquito nets in short supply as rains near (kp 06/06/2015)

Traders told to weigh LPG cylinders before delivery, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp 04/06/2015)

‘No fertiliser shortage this year’ (kp 02/06/2015)

Milk shortage foreseen due to cattle deaths (kp 02/06/2015)

Sufficient food stock for monsoon, says DoSCM (kp 29/05/2015)

Constant vigilance: The WFP must make dead certain that it is not distributing substandard food (kp 28/05/2015)

Petroleum stock sufficient to last a month-and-a-half: NOC (ht 24/05/2015)

Preparation on to stock food, fuel for six months: Thapa (ht 23/05/2015)

WFP barred from distributing rice in quake-hit areas Quantity of broken rice was more than set standard (ht 23/05/2015)

Food stock in short supply, meds stuck in centre (kp 20/05/2015), Agriculture ministry projection: Nepal needs 215,400 tonnes of food for next 3 months (kp 20/05/2014)

Country has enough foodstock for this fiscal, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 18/05/2015)

Commerce Dept to manage ample stock of essentials, by Rajersh Khanal (kp 16/05/2015)

Rising food imports ring alarm bells (kp 19/04/2015)

NOC seeks CIAA support to carry out cylinder verification, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 19/04/2015), NOC to buy bullets to
ensure LPG supplies
, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 21/04/2015)

Ministries told to become strict with LPG bottlers, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/04/2015), LPG sellers linger to obtain certification (kp 09/04/2015)

Subsidised rice in short supply in eastern hills (kp 03/04/2015)

Food depot in Rugin of Bajura relieves locals (ht 02/04/2015)

MoF asks NOC to submit reform plan (ht 29/03/2015)

NOC mulling using Nepali companies to transport LPG (kp 28/03/2015)

DoCSM grills NOC, pumps on adulterated oil, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/03/2015)

Govt plans to make country self-reliant in milk, meat (kp 20/03/2015)

Dearth of essential goods hits Mugu, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 17/03/2015)

Five LPG bottlers asked to withdraw cylinders: DoCSM cracks down on out-of-Valley bottling plants for short supply (ht 17/03/2015)

LPG depots in Valley, Dhanusha planned , by Rajesh Khanal (kp 17/03/2015)

Police to run LPG bottling plant: Move aimed at boosting the govt’s supply capacity during crises, by Manish Gautam (kp 15/03/2015), Pvt bottlers oppose move (kp 16/03/2015)

NOC’s bid to address LPG shortage (kp 13/03/2015)

LPG still hard to get despite govt’s claims, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 07/03/2015)

NOC delays revising cooking gas import quota (ht 06/03/2015)

Bottlers miss LPG import quota again (ht 01/03/2015)

Cylinders failing weight standards to be seized, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 25/02/2015), Weigh cylinders before delivery (kp 06/03/2015)

Gasoline not only scarce, but also of poor quality, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 24/02/2015)

Lawmakers blame LPG dearth on unholy nexus (kp 23/02/2015)

Cooking gas shortage: Overuse of LPG by vehicles blamed (kp 16/02/2015)

27pc of veggies, fruits imported from India, by Suman Bashyal (kp 14/02/2015)

Govt takes step to build LP gas storage plants, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 06/02/2015)

Rice shortage hits folks hard; depots out of stock (ht 02/02/2015)

Fuel crisis hits far-west hard; vehicles not plying (ht 02/02/2015)

LPG supply far from normal: NOC claims daily import up from 40k to 70k cylinders; Dual pricing system put on hold, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 29/01/2015), NOC starts distribution of LPG from ‘specific areas’ (kp 30/01/2015), Call for smooth LPG supply grows louder (ht 31/01/2015), Inadequacy of bullets caused crisis: Bottlers (kp 01/02/2015), Supply Dept to deploy
four monitoring teams
, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 02/02/2015), Gas shortage persists despite direct distribution (kp 03/02/2015)

Surkhet suffered from food insecurity due to floods (kp 29/01/2015)

India tells IOC to boost LPG supplies to Nepal, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 28/01/2014)

Absent state: Govt must take stringent actions against private sellers hoarding gas (kp 28/01/2015), Govt directed to waive VAT on LPG (kp 28/01/2015)

Artificial shortage of salt adds to villagers’ misery, by bArjun Shah (kp 28/01/2015)

LP gas shortage: Teku depot overrun by folk seeking refill, by Anup Ojha and Rajesh Khanal (kp 27/01/2015)

NTL set to distribute cooking gas from today (ht 25/01/2015), Govt starts selling LPG through Nat’l Trading (kp 26/01/2015)

Locals set up cooperative to fight food crisis (ht 23/01/2015)

IOC pledges to dispatch 100 bullets of cooking gas per day next week (ht 23/01/2015)

Prompt action against LPG hoarders (kp 22/01/2015)

Cooking gas to be available in two weeks: Kaski CDO (kp 22/01/2015), LPG shortage hits Tanahun folks hard (ht 22/01/2015)

IOC told to boost Nepal’s LPG quota to 30k tonnes, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 20/01/2015)

Govt, bottlers, dealers in blame game as LP gas supply worsens, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 16/01/2015)

Famine looms large in Jajarkot, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 15/01/2015)

Vegetable shipments affected by banda (kp 14/01/2015)

LPG shortage due to hoarding: NOC (kp 08/01/2015), Lawmakers inspect gas plants, dealers, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 08/01/2015), Cooking gas crunch hits all and sundry, by Sangam Prasain and Rajesh Khanal (kp 09/01/2015), Govt criticized for doing nothing to ease LP gas supply (rep 09/01/2015), LP gas bottlers found causing artificial crunch, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 10/01/2015), Dhading LPG plants monitored (ht 11/01/2015), Shortage of cooking gas on: Gas bottlers, dealers blame eachother of cooking up scarcity story, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 12/01/2015), Sans accountability (ht 12/01/2015), Govt steps in to eases hortage of LPG: Central monitoring committee formed to check anomalies in supply chain (ht 14/01/2015)

Govt intensifies scrutiny of LPG bottling plants (kp 06/01/2015)

Pokhara reeling under LPG shortage for months (ht 06/01/2015)

NOC increases import quota of LPG for Jan: Gas dealers’federation withdraws all protest programmes announced earlier (ht 06/01/2015)

House panel tells govt to ensure fuel supplies (rep 03/01/2015)

NOC starts supplying fuel from Bhalbari depot (kp 02/01/2015)

Documents / Websites

Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS)

Towards Zero Hunger in Nepal: A Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition. Kathmandu National Planning Commission 2018

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