Vegetables rot on the farmland as landslide triggered by monsoon rainfall affects road transport

Published On: July 22, 2023 04:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KHALANGA, July 22: The vegetables produced by farmers here have started rotting in the farmlands as the only road connecting Byas of Darchula district and the district headquarters, Khalanga has been obstructed by landslides triggered by incessant rainfall. The road has been disrupted by landslides at various places of the road caused by rains since the end of June. 

As a result, potatoes produced by farmers in Byas have been rotting without the supply, said a farmer Harish Dhami. The vegetables were cultivated with the financial and technical assistance of the Agriculture Development Section of the Byas Rural Municipality. 

The farmers have also demanded that the government facilitate the transportation of the agricultural produce from the villages. The potatoes produced by the local Janabhabana Sana Kisan Krishi Sahakari Limited have started rotting in the farmlands with the absence of a transportation facility, said Bishseshwor Prasad Badu, the agriculture section chief.

Around 600 quintals of potatoes produced by the farmers have started rotting. Of the total amounts, 100 quintals have been taken from the farmlands, and remaining 500 quintals are still in the farmland. "There is neither a good road network nor a cold store to store the agricultural products. 

A local farmer Akabar Singh Dhami said the disruption of road transport is a recurring problem in every monsoon season starting mid-June. As a result, the vegetables produced by farmers rot in the farmlands without the supply, said another farmer Pramananda Bhatta.



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