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Women run the fields
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Nepal, Feb. 3 -- The Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation's 'Land Use Bill', which is currently tabled at Parliament, has proposed to impose the penalty of up to Rs300,000 if landowners are unable to cultivate two-thirds of the total farming land constantly for three years. The provision of a fine will discourage landowners from holding unused agricultural land. However, the bill overlooks a crucial community: women farmers. As there is already a shortage of agricultural labourers, the bill will simply increase the work burden of women farmers. It is pertinent, in this context, to discuss the feminisation of agriculture in the country.
In recent decades, Nepal has witnessed a trend of feminisati...
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