Why Nepal Wants To Stock Up On Rice & Sugar From India Ahead Of Upcoming Festive Season?

by Mallika Khurana
Why Nepal Wants To Stock Up On Rice & Sugar From India Ahead Of Upcoming Festive Season?

Addressing potential food scarcity during the upcoming festive season, the Nepal government has approached India for assistance. They have requested that India supply essential food items such as paddy, rice, and sugar. This collaborative effort aims to ensure a steady and secure food supply to meet the demands of Nepal’s festive period. This season typically occurs between October and November. The move comes as both nations acknowledge the importance of food security and stability in the face of external factors.

Nepal Requested India For Rice And Sugar Amidst Scarcity Concerns

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Ram Chandra Tiwari, joint secretary of the commerce and supplies ministry, announced that Nepal had formally requested India’s help in securing a sizeable supply of one million tonnes of paddy — particularly 50,000 tonnes of sugar, and 100,000 tonnes of rice. Nepal’s decision to stockpile rice and sugar from India has been driven by concerns over potential food shortages. This concern has been exacerbated by a combination of factors. 

The ban imposed by India on the export of non-basmati white rice and the prevailing weather conditions in Nepal has raised alarms about a possible food crisis. Experts have pointed out that the country heavily relies on imported food supplies, with India being its primary source. 

Due to this dependency and the looming festive season, Nepal aims to secure essential food items and prevent scarcity-driven price hikes. Consequently, the import of tomatoes from Nepal by India to stabilise its own market adds an intriguing dimension to the situation.

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The Government Is Taking Preemptive Measures

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Market analysts stress the value of securing a consistent supply of these fundamental foods in advance of Nepal’s holiday season. The situation is made worse by Nepal’s dependence on food imports, primarily from India. It makes it essential to coordinate a reliable supply chain. Nepal proactively asked India for help securing a consistent supply of paddy, rice, and sugar due to the circumstances. This choice was made in light of reports that India’s tomato imports from Nepal have increased as a result of the country’s own supply being negatively impacted by recent heavy rains.

As Nepal takes steps to ensure its food security, cross-border cooperation is essential in overcoming the difficulties presented by variables like export restrictions and climatic conditions that can affect food availability and prices.

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