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Kiwi farming offers better prospects for Nepalese farmers

Kiwi fruit farming is no longer a new phenomenon in Nepal. This fruit was already known to most Nepalis, but now kiwi fruit farming promises to be increasingly lucrative. Kiwis can be cultivated from elevations of 1,000 to 2,500 meters above sea level. According to Nepalese kiwi fruit pioneer Dr. Surya Prasad Pandey, this fruit can help the Nepalese farmers to raise their living standard. Nearly 30 percent of the land in Nepal is suitable for kiwi plantations.

All south facing areas with adequate irrigation are suitable, though loamy soil is preferred for kiwi fruit plantations. The kiwi vine matures within five years and will yield 50 to 80 kgs of kiwi fruits every year. Kiwi fruits fetch prices from 400 to 800 Nepalese rupees (3.27 - 6.55 euros) per kg, depending on the quality and size of the fruit. So farmers can earn forty to forty five thousand rupees from a kiwi vine in a year. Commercial kiwi fruit farming may be able to raise the living standard of farmers in ways that are inconceivable through traditional farming.

According to kiwi farming will not only benefit the farmers, but it can also help the nation’s economy. Nepalese kiwis can easily be exported to international markets since they are highly in demand.

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