The same Karima Begum, who beat the CDO, showed her short-temper to Kantipur TV crews, and who the PM donâ€™t want to punish for her wrong-doings, told that she wants coffee to be planted in Tarai (lower parts of Nepal).
There is nothing wrong in planting coffee in Tarai as long as the climate suits. But the agriculture specialist, under her own ministry, think that it was the dumbest thing to say in a public function.
Minister may not know everything about their ministry but at least they should do some homework on what they are talking. She could have discussed about the topic with the specialists before she talked.
For business purpose, coffee can only be planted in the terrain in the range of 800 m to 1,600 m above sea level. Tarai region doesnâ€™t have that terrain and attempts to plant coffee in such region have failed in India and Sri Lanka.
We have seen that she is arrogant, short tempered, and the latest event prove that she is also ignorant of her own field, agriculture.
UPDATE: Begum released a press statement to apologize as instructed by PM Nepal. But the “apology” statement reads more like an “accusation” statement rather than an apology. If you want to read the statement (in Nepali) here is the scanned copy.
â€œNot me, Arrest CDO Durga Prasad Adhikariâ€
In another news, she called a journalist meet and told that she is going to lodge a complaint against the CDO she beat last week.
She told that she had beaten the CDO for which she doesnâ€™t have any regrets.
News sources (in Nepali): Nagariknews, Nayapatrika