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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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Two died and eight injured in accident

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KATHMANDU—Today morning, Two died and eight injured when the microbus (Ba 3 Kha 4042) and minibus (Lu 1 Kha 4194)   collided each other in Myagade Rural Municipality-4 of Tanahu district.

Police has identified the deceased as Chija Kumari Batas of 50 and Saraswati Kunawar of 35.

The injured passengers of Microbus are identified as microbus driver Tul Bahadur BK, Sabila Khan Namuk Miya, Chandra Bhandari, Bindu Maya Thapa, Kamala Sura and Satyakala Neupane.

The cause of the accident is not identified yet.

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