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Ginger farmers of north Phalebas in want of market

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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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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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