Ginger farmers of north Phalebas in want of market

PARBAT — Ginger farmers of Jaljala Rural Municipality of north Parbat are now lamenting their decision to switch to ginger from maize and millet cultivation.

Farmers who had started growing ginger with the hope of making more profit are disappointed as their produce remains in the field in the lack of market.

Ginger cultivated in Lekphant, Shalija, Banskharka and Kyang has started rotting in the field itself.

Some 5,000 kilogrammes of ginger produced by farmers here has remained unsold. Our produce fails to find a market and appropriate price as well, said one Kula Prasad Subedi.

Farmers paid Rs 80 per kg of ginger seed, but now their produce is not selling even at Rs 20 per kg. Beni and Kusha of Myagdi, Pokhara and India are considered as major market for ginger produced here.

Until two years ago, farmers used to sell ginger for Rs 60-80 per kg, said local farmer Radhika Subedi. Jaljala lacks transport facilities and farmers have to transport their produce to Beni for sale carrying on their back.

Ginger consumption is relatively low in Nepal.

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