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NARC begins research on developing Nepali brand tea

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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.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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