July 29: The production of food stuffs that declined during the lockdown, has not yet been able to get back to normal pace.
Food manufacturers informed that even though the food industries came into operation less than a week after the lockdown was lifted, they are yet to operate in full fledge capacity. The industries have been producing at 50 percent of their full capacity since the last four months.
The government had allowed food industries to operate even during the lockdown.
Chairman of the Nepal Rice, Oil and Pulses Industries Association, Subodh Kumar Gupta, informed that the food industry has been producing only half of its capacity even after the end of lockdown.
According to the entrepreneurs, the food industry was compelled to limit the production during the lockdown due to lack of operating capital, raw materials and labor.
“The condition of industries in the Birgunj area, the center of food production, is even more problematic. Industries that are trying to resume normal production are facing more problems after the lockdown,” informed Gupta.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Birgunj since last Saturday as the number of Covid-19 cases has increased in the region. Gupta informed that panic of Corona and obstruction in transportation has affected their production.