Potato farms prosper in Manang VDCs

Manang, November 3

As their produce has found a niche market outside the district, potato farmers of Manang are a happy lot.

Lately, traders from Pokhara, Chitwan and Lamjung have increased their demand of the popular Manang spuds which are known for their distinctively excellent taste.

As per the District Agriculture Development Office of Manang, the district’s export of potatoes has reached an all time high of 83 per cent this

year due to direct transportation link between Besishahar and Manang when only until the previous year, the district’s export of potatoes stood at a meager 40 per cent.

“Though we produced plenty of potatoes in the previous years too, only a small amount of our produce would go out of the district as transportation was next to impossible due to bad road conditions. Now that there is a good market outside, traders outside the district are reaching out to farmers here to purchase our produce, which is very encouraging” said Raju Gurung, a local farmer of Humde.

In Manang district, Dharapani, Nachai Odar and Humde in the  upper belt are known as the pocket region for potatoes.

Meanwhile, in view of how Manang potatoes are in such high demand, potato farming has grown noticeably in Chame and the other 12 VDCs.

The DADO of Manang has reportedly set up storage facilities in different places to accommodate this development. As per data with DADO,  about 745 hectare land is used for potato farming at present, a sharp rise from last year’s  645 hectare  with the total production of Manang potatoes in the last fiscal amounting to  an estimated  7,600 metric tonnes.