March 2: The fertilizer purchased by the government from Bangladesh under a G2G deal will be arriving in Nepal within a week. Out of 50,000 metric tons of urea, 22,500 metric tons have already arrived at the Kolkata Port.
Workers are now unloading the goods that have arrived at the Kolkata Port. According to Bishnu Pokharel, spokesperson of the Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL), the goods will reach Birgunj in about a week after the loading is completed in the next three to four days. He said that they would be sent to Biratnagar and Bhairahawa for distribution from Birgunj.
The fertilizer will be transported to Nepal by Gentrade FZF in three phases.
A total of 22,500 metric tons of urea have been imported in the first phase. Similarly, in the second phase, 10,000 metric tons of urea will be brought in the country. Likewise, the company said that 17,500 metric tons of urea will arrive in March 15 in the third phase.
The agreement between AICL and Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation to purchase urea through the G2G process was signed on December 17 after Shailung Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Honiko Multiple Pvt Ltd that were awarded the contract to import 50,000 metric tons of urea in last April failed to import the fertilisers.