October 16, 2017 07:39 AM NPT
By: Suman Malla
MUGU, Oct 16: Recording significant growth in apple production, the remote western district of Mugu has exported 300 tons of apples outside the district so far in the current fiscal year.
According to data given by District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) Mugu, apple export outside the district has already crossed 300 tons during the time period of mid-July to mid-October.
This year total 4,500 tons of apples has been produced so far. According to DADO data, total 305.4 tons of apple have been supplied out of the district, either sent directly by the farmers and traders or taken by tourists coming to visit Rara Lake and other areas of the district.
DADO has expected apple supply to further increase by the end of November.
In the previous year 3,391.5 tons of apple have been produced in 1,075 hectares of land while this year a total of 4,500 apples have been produced so far in a total of 1,090 hectares of land, said Dharma Bahadur Shahi assistant technician of DADO.
“This year farming area has increased, so the production has also increased,” he added.
Last fiscal year, only 200 tons of apples were supplied out of the district. According to DADO, the productivity of apple was 3.15 tons per hectare last year, whereas this year the productivity has increased to 4.12 tons per hectare. Places like Takcha, Baam, Sorukot, Rowa, and Karkiwada Khamale are known as the pocket areas of apple production in the district.