Cold storage brings happiness to Panchkhal farmers (BIZ NEWS)

An establishment of a new cold storage in Panchkhal valley of Kavreplanchowk district has brought happiness to farmers that the facility available is helping their business at doorstep. Panchkhal is about 50 kilometres away from Kathmandu, which is renowned for vegetable and fruit production and majority of production are being supplied to the capital city.

Happiness of thousands of farmers in the valley is Planchowk Bhagawati Cold Storage (PBCS), established some one and half month back at Panchkhal VDC ward No. 6. The cold storage has facility to store vegetables such as potato, ginger, tomato and fruits for up to a week, said the proprietor Satya Narayan Prajapati. Prajapati further informed that the PBCS established at an investment of 30 million rupees, occupies six ropanis (local measure) of land. "Though people in the area have been engaged for vegetable farming since last scores of years, there was no any cold storage," he said.

Remembering the difficulties of storage in the previous years, Rana Bahadur Bohara, a local farmer at Teenpiple said the newly established cold-room house would be a fruitful to farmers. They have had to store potato seed in Bhakpur or Balaju in Kathmandu. "It will reduce our hardship and save money as well," he admitted.

Rudra Bahadur Baniya, VDC chairman is also now happy that farmers can produce more agricultural products since there is no fear about storage. "Potentiality of the storage is not only limited within the area, it can also provide storage facility to the farmers from Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha district as well," he added.