Apple farmers selling product from trees

By Surendra Khatri, Rukum, Aug. 18: Farmers in Putha Utaranga Rural Municipality 10 in Rukum district  are now selling fresh apples from trees of their farm.

 Rukum is one and only the Himalayan district of State 5.

 Locals said that the people who reached the village from outside to accomplish work in the district buy apples reaching the farms.

Local farmer Prabesh Budha said that they did not have to take the apples to the market to sell as a road had reached the village and the movements of the people increased.

From 2040 B.S., Budha has been cultivating apples and he has more than 250 apple trees. He informed that he earned more than Rs.100,000 even though he sold the fruit at a lower rate compared to its market price.

He also said that he could not earn more by selling from home, but still it was better to sell at lower price than letting it go waste.

“This year I am selling an apple at Rs. 5 and about three to four customers come to my home to buy apple on daily basis,” he said.

Since they send the apples to their relatives who live far away and they also give apples as gift to the guests, they are unable to become commercial apple growers, he added.

The rural municipality has managed budget to develop ‘Apple Pocket’ sector in different places of Putha Utaranga Rural Municipality.

Considering the demand of the farmers of Taksera and Hukam, the rural municipality  has allocated budget for the pocket areas.

Chair of Rural Municipality Omkumar Shahi said that in the fiscal year 2019/20, the government had allocated Rs. 2 million in Taksera and Rs. 2.5 million  Hukam. 

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