Surkhet, July 28:

Hundreds of quintals of vegetables and fruits rot away at Taranga Village Development Committee (VDC) in the western Nepal due to lack transportation facility which hampers their sale every year.

Owing to lack of rural roads, farmers here are compelled to watch their produce being wasted.

According to a local, Bhairav Cooperative Farmers’ Group, farmers in Gainekanda, Narsingkanda, Harekadanda, Sukurmala, among other villages of the VDC are adopting commercial vegetable farming. But fruits, mostly pears, here are being allowed to rot away every year. Similarly, vegetables, mostly potatoes, get wasted, said sources at the Farmers’ group.

Jagat Raj Upadhyaya, chairman of the group said, “Each family in this VDC produces 15 to 20 quintals of pears and 10 to 12 quintals of potatoes every year.But due to lack of transportation, fifty per cent of the produce rots here every year.”