BIRENDRANAGAR, Oct 13: Sita Neupane of Birendranagar-6 went to the market on Thursday to buy vegetables. She was taken aback upon hearing the prices of vegetables, and was able to buy far less than she had planned.

Glimpses of Hatiya market in Khotang

September 14, 2019 14:05 pm

Locals selling vegetables at Hatiya market in Diktel, Khotang.

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: In a major agreement that is expected to ease the import and export of various food items between the two countries, Nepal and India have agreed to recognize each other’s inspection, testing and certification of a number of exportable goods such as vegetables and fruits conducted by their relevant bodies.

NEPALGUNJ, July 30: Bhandu Rai has been selling vegetables at Rani Talau vegetable market of Nepalgunj for years now.

BUTWAL, July 27: Putting the blame on floods, pesticide clearance, and the confusion related to implementation of Vehicle Consignment Tracking System (VCTS), traders in the district have raised vegetable prices exorbitantly.

Think global, act local

July 21, 2019 08:38 am

All problems are global but their solutions are local. Believe it or not, most of the problems we are facing today are caused by various phenomena for which we are responsible including haphazard use of insecticides that is very hazardous to public health. It becomes more concerning when vegetables that enter our kitchen on a daily basis are infested with insecticides that pose serious challenge to our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued its July 10 stay order directing the government to conduct pesticides residue test compulsorily on vegetables and fruits imported to Nepal from India and other countries.

KATHMANDU, July 14: The average wholesale prices of vegetables including tomato small, tomato small (tunnel), local cabbage, local cauliflower, bitter gourd, and brinjal increased by almost 33 percent in a single day on Saturday.

An inorganic mess

July 12, 2019 07:54 am

Now all of us in Kathmandu can add one more item to the list of things that could potentially kill us. If the air quality or the killer roads don’t get you, the fruits and vegetables surely will! But we already knew that.

KATHMANDU, July 11:Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that he was also deceived into thinking that no letter with regards to pesticide residue test was received from India.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the decision of the government to take a u-turn on conducting pesticide residue tests on vegetables and fruits imported from India and third countries.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the government's recent decision to put on hold its previous decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has said that the government rolled back its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries after it was found that the customs points were ill-equipped and not due to pressure from India as being reported.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav on Monday admitted that the government backtracked on its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries due to lack of modern labs at the customs points.

KATHMANDU, July 7: Government has said that it will take at least one year to start lab test of the vegetables and fruits imported from India and third countries.

KATHMANDU, July 7: Government officials have said the installation of well-equipped labs at least at the six major border customs points namely Kakadvitta, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Birgunj, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj is necessary to start effective pesticide tests for vegetables and fruits coming into the country from India.

BHAIRAHAWA, July 7: While the government has revoked its decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India citing lack of adequate lab facilities, vegetables and fruits from Bhairahawa Customs Office are being imported only after lab test of samples.

KATHMANDU, July 6: The main opposition Nepali Congress has slammed the government for revoking its decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits from India.

KATHMANDU, July 6: Under enormous pressure from the Indian embassy, the government has put on hold its decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India until further arrangements.

KATHMANDU, July 5: The government has stepped back from the decision to examine the vegetables and fruits that are imported from India.

KATHMANDU, July 3: Hundreds of trucks carrying vegetables and fruits that enter Nepal are stopped in custom points in course of testing vegetables if they have traces of pesticide that exceed safety limits.

BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government’s decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.

BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government's decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Price of limes has gone up significantly in the market over the last two months, and continues to skyrocket, owing to a similar price hike in India.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The prices of essential vegetables have spiked and a few of them have doubled over the last one month, according to a comparative analysis of retail prices at Kalimati vegetable market.

The basics of gardening

May 17, 2019 09:07 am

If you are a gardening enthusiast but doubt you know the proper ways or you are someone who has always loved greenery but could never really figure out how to go about planting your own garden, the bi-monthly event “Day at the Farm” may be just what you need. From learning how to tend to your plants and understanding what plants might work for you to a chance to buy some locally grown organic vegetables, this is a day that will teach you all things you ever wanted to know about gardening.

BAJHANG, April 7: Debu Khadka of Chainpur-10 remains busy working on her farm from dawn to dusk. However, she hardly feels tired. “When you love your work, you don’t feel tired no matter how much you work. I love farming,” she beams.

CHITWAN, Jan 29: Dealers of vegetables and fruits in Khairhani of eastern Chitwan on Monday collected cabbages from farmers at just Rs 3 to Rs 5 per kg. But when the same cabbages reach Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market in Kathmandu, their wholesale and retail prices become Rs 12 and Rs 25 per kg respectively.

Krishi Fresh accuses ex-employees

November 28, 2018 03:00 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Agricultural Development Multipurpose Co-operative or Krishi Fresh Group, which was caught 'mislabeling' vegetables it bought from a wholesale market in Balkhu as organic vegetables, has accused its sacked employees of embezzlement.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Krishi Fresh has been found buying vegetables from Balkhu Fruits and Vegetable Market and selling these through its outlets inside Kathmandu Valley as organic produce from its own farm.

Healing properties of vegetables

November 1, 2018 01:00 am

My grandmother used to give us banana and yogurt when we had diarrhea. She had the knowledge to use banana as medicine from her grandmother

BHARATPUR, Aug 27: Construction of a modern fruits and vegetables market in Chhetrapur of Chitwan is in the last leg.

Phalebas, Parbat, March 31: A hailstorm that lasted for five days destroyed more than 20 million worth of vegetables, crops and fruits in various parts of Parbat district, said the District Agricultural Development Office.

SYANGJA, Feb 27: A farmer of Syangja district has successfully using aquaponics system to grow different vegetables.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The government finally seems to have woken up to the fact that increased use of pesticides in fruits and vegetables is affecting human health.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: An estimated 40 percent of vegetables produced across the country come to markets in the Kathmandu Valley, a government data shows.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Nearly half of the vegetables and other edibles sold at the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market - the largest fruits and vegetables market in the country -- are imported from other countries, data provided by Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board (KFVMDB) shows.

JHAPA, Feb 8: Despite being aware of the fact that vegetables imported from India have high levels of pesticide residue, the government authorities have made no efforts to ban the imports yet.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The Supreme Court has directed the government authorities to restrict the use of pesticides in vegetable cultivation as such pesticides are affecting the health of consumers.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Laxman Parajuli, a vegetable farmer of Mandan-Deupur Municipality of Kavre sends his produce, mostly tomatoes, to Kalimati market every alternate day. But he does not how much his produce fetches as traders themselves fix the price. When Parajuli called the trader over the phone the next day, he found out his tomatoes will fetch him Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,500 per crate (25 kg).

Failing on vegetables

November 28, 2017 01:00 am

Nepal’s vegetable imports ballooned to nearly Rs 12 billion this year compared to Rs 7.55 billion last year.

DHADING, Nov 13: Vegetables production in Dhading, a pocket area for vegetables production, has dropped in comparison to previous years.

NUWAKOT, Nov 4: Paddy and vegetable farms belonging to 1,800 households in Nuwakot district have been damaged by last week's hailstones, according to a report of District Agricultural Development Office (DADO), Nuwakot.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Prices of vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, etc have increased in the past few weeks, according to a retail price analysis of Kalimati market by Republica.

JHAPA, Sept 27: The government’s plan to test all edible stuff entering the country from India everyday at the eastern border point is yet to be implemented. Food test machines have been stranded at Kakkarbhitta and Birtamod, and the authorities are blaming the lack of human resources for not being able to make the best use of them.

KATHMANDU, July 23: Carbamate residue has been found in vegetables brought to the Kathmandu Valley from different districts.

HETAUDA, July 5: Farmers of northern part of Makawanpur districts are suffering huge loss as fresh vegetables produced by them is not finding buyers.

Import of vegetables on the rise

January 24, 2017 00:00 am

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 24: Import of fresh vegetables in eastern Nepal is increasing with each passing year.

GULMI, Aug 2: Some years ago, Parbat used to import vegetables and milk from Pokhara. The scenario has changed now. Growth of farming in the district has resulted in better situation of the agricultural sector. The district has now become self-sufficient in vegetable and milk products.