JHAPA – Agro Centre Pvt Ltd has started providing farmer’s identity cards so as to distribute fertilizer, seeds and agriculture inputs to the needy farmers in a subsidized price.
The centre based in Jhapa rural municipality-3 had developed general criteria for the distribution of ID card on a pilot basis. This is so far the first organization in the district to distribute farmer ID cards.
Centre chairperson Chandra Prasad Basnet said the ID cards were distributed to incentivize farmers and attract youths to agriculture.
The centre has stipulated certain eligibility criteria for obtaining ID card. Among the key criteria are having Nepali citizenship certificate, permanent residence of Nepal, agriculture dependant livelihood, placement of electric meter at home, details reflecting land owner identify and person with no criminal offense.
So far the centre has distributed ID cards to 25 farmers of the rural municipality. Token system would be introduced after the distribution of ID cards, the centre sources said.