Enough Income from Cardamom

Lamjung, Feb. 26:  Farmers of Lamjung have earned Rs. 200 million from the sale of cardamom this year. A total of 380 metric tons of cardamom was sold in the district, as per the Prime Minister’s Agriculture Modernization Project Implementation Unit, Lamjung.

The commercial farming of cardamom began in 2041 B.S. there. Farmers sold cardamom at a minimum price of Rs. 550 to 700 per kg. while it was between Rs 950 to 1500 per kg. last year. Compared to the previous year, cardamom production of most of the farmers in the district has increased double this year. Out of 95 households in Gurung’s village of Masryangdi Rural Municipality-5, 85 households are cultivating cardamom commercially.

The farmers have been compelled to sell at much lower prices compared to the past. They say that due to India’s monopoly, they are not getting the price of cardamom seeds as much as it should be.

According to the reports, Cardamom is actually being produced only in 500 hectares of land in the district even though it is being cultivated in more than 1,000 hectares. Besisahar Municipality, Masryangdi, Kholasothar, Dordi and Dudhpokhari Rural Municipalities have been declared as cardamom pocket areas.

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