DHANKUTA — The National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) has started research on production of Nepali variety of tea.
The centre which is based at local Pakhribas Municipality has initiated the research for developing a unique Nepali brand of tea that would stand out in the world tea market.
A separate office has been set up under NARC and research also started for this purpose, the Officiating Chief of the Office, Mahendra Prasad Yadav said.
According to him, the office has started the research along with testing the quality of orthodox tea by installing electronic dryer and rolling machine. It is said the research would lead to the development of Nepali tea of unique quality and brand.
The centre plans to accomplish the research and take the unique brand of Nepali tea in the world market within the coming five years.
Yadav said seven scientists are carrying out research into orthodox tea at three places in Dhankuta and Ilam districts. The centre has 16 posts of scientists. He added that the office has plan of starting research into the CTC tea produced in Jhapa and orthodox tea produced in other districts as well.
Tea is grown in 514 hectares of land in Dhankuta district. Besides this, commercial tea cultivation is done in a total 14,732 hectares in Jhapa, Ilam, Paanchthar, Dhankuta and Tehrathum districts of east Nepal.Follow @gorkhapost
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost