Cardamom famring on hilly areas

Ramechhap, November 2:

Farmers living in the high mountain slopes of Ramechhap district have started cultivating cardamom on the damp soils instead of food grains.

Farmers living on high mountain slopes in Rasnalu, Chuchure, Namadi, Saipu Godgaun have started commercial cardamom cultivation after some farmers benefited from its cultivation, taken up some four or five years ago. As Kamal Sunuwar of Rasnalu village development committee-6 found ten fold increase in his income from the cardamom cultivation, many farmers in the region took to commercial cultivation of cardamom.

Sunwar, who was also former parliamentarian from constituency no. 1 of Ramechaap district said, “Ours is agricultural country, there are very few alternatives to the agriculture. As food grain production on slopes of high mountains is grossly inadequate, the cardamom cultivation has given them good solution for locals.”

Yields from the food grain cultivation is barely enough for three months while income from the cardamom cultivation gives farmers enough for a livelihood for more than two years.

It is for this reason that 5,000 cardamom plants were planted on the slopes while 10,000 cardamom plants will be planted on the slopes.

Harihar Adhikari, district horticulture development officer said that cardamom cultivation is thriving on the higher slopes of the mountain. The District Agricultural Development Office has started giving 50 per cent subsidy on the purchase of cardamom plants. It has alsoarranged for transportation of the product to the district headquarters in order to provide market access.