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Falling prices hit Nepali ginger farmers hard

Publication Date : 18-04-2012

 

Farmers expecting to make high earnings from gingerin Nepal have been disappointed as traders have not been visiting villages to collect the spicy roots as prices have been falling in India.

This has forced farmers to dispose products in high quantities. Given the lack of market in the country, most of ginger produced here is exported to India.

One of the farmers facing hit is Dilendra Tumbrok, a resident of Siva-1.

He would have got good price for his 2 tonnes of ginger last year, had he not stocked them for seed.

“Traders visited here assuring that they would purchase my stock,” said Tumbrok. “As nobody appeared in the harvesting season due to decreased price, we have been compelled to dispose our products.”

All six members of Tumbrok’s family had put their efforts in ginger production expecting a good profit. But now he plans to go abroad to make up for the losses. “We are planning to replenish the loss by working abroad,” he said.

Tumbrok is not alone. Many other farmers in the region are facing a similar condition. They are not being able to sell their products even by transporting to highway areas themselves. They are now extricating ginger that they had planted in order to start maize farming.

Govinda Prasad Tumbrok, another farmer, had planted 1.6 tonnes of ginger last year. He also waited for the price to rise, but to no avail.

Three other ginger farmers—Gopi, Gajendra and Chandra Man Tumbrok—associated with Namuna Cooperatives had started ginger farming last year eyeing big profits on soaring prices then. They also leased land for 70,000 rupees (US$848) for three years. But they are now despaired due to falling prices.

“We planted ginger expecting a good profit,” said Chandra Man, adding that they were now worried about recovery of their losses. “The problem arose as we solely relied on exports rather than selling our products in the local market.”

Women associated with Parijat Agriculture Cooperative at Angsarang had also got into commercial ginger farming, but they are now regretting. Pabitra Rijal, vice president of the cooperative, identified the shortage of warehouses as the major problem, as there were chances that the price might rise later.

Local Harilal Tumbrok said farmers in adjoining villages of Siva were also extricating their production. He demanded that the government arrange a relief package for loss-making ginger producers.

According to Panchthar Agriculture Office, ginger is cultivated in over 200 hectares of land in the district. A total of 2,500 kg of ginger is expected to be produced here this year, says the office.

 

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