Nursery farming has attracted more farmers in Dhankuta Municipality, in recent years.

Farmers here do not have much technical knowledge and support from government authorities, yet nursery farming has become an easy source of income for many farmers in the district.

Nursery farms have developed mostly in Dhankuta Municipality and the demand for saplings is very high in Dhankuta and adjoining districts.

A nursery farm operator Bharat Guragain said that as many as 412 nursery farms are operating in Dhankuta Municipality. He said the saplings were prepared through traditional method without technical knowledge and expertise.

Experts said that it was very difficult to produce healthy plants due to lack of knowledge in agriculture.

According to Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Dhankuta, around forty-seven lakh plants have been produced in the nurseries and farmers earned approximately Rs 25 crore in profit.

The demand for saplings of fruits is very high in the district.

A nursery operator in the municipality Indra Bahadur Rai said farmers were compelled to follow the traditional way of farming due to lack of technical knowledge and expertise.

He said healthier plants could not be produced due to the same reasons.

Saplings of lemon plant were produced in the highest number last fiscal.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 16, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.