National Biz Briefs

Property gutted

Birgunj: Property worth millions was gutted when a fire broke out in a carton factory here early on Saturday. The Parsa district police office said the fire broke out due to an electric short-circuit at around 3am in Lokraj Carton Factory in Birgunj sub-metropolis-1. Fire engines from the sub-metropolis, Kalaiya municipality and Raxual including security personnel of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force were deployed to bring the fire under control when ended at 9 am. Laxmi Narayan Chaurasiya is the owner of the carton factory.

Poultry deaths

PARASI: The deaths of chickens and ducks due to an unknown disease, which began last week, has still not come under control in Nawalparasi district. Around 1,000 chickens and ducks died last week and they are still dying in Deurali, Dhaubadi and Tamsari VDCs of the district. Around 100 chickens and ducks died in Deurali VDC alone on Saturday. The disease broke out in Jhyalbas, Guheri, Beluwa, Dihi, Rumsi including other villages of Deurali VDC. It became even more severe when the villagers threw the dead birds in streams and canals.The district Livestock Service Office is spraying medicine in Deurali VDC. It has urged locals not to eat chickens or ducks until the disease is identified. Samples were sent to Bharatpur Livestock Service Office for tests.

Opium destroyed

BARA: A joint team of the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police destroyed an opium farm spread over 11 bighas of land in the southern part of Bara district. The team destroyed illegal opium plantations in Beldari, Shreenagar Bairiya, Amtrigunj and Kabahigoth, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahendra Pokharel. Illegal opium and marijuana farming is rampant in Bara.

Veg farming

BIRGUNJ: Women in Parsa district have turned to commercial vegetable farming after they were provided

low interest rate loan. The district agricultural development office provides vegetable seed free of cost and also loan to local women’s groups. The women here earn good money from cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and pumpkins.