Kathmandu Valley consumes 40% of all vegetables produced in Nepal

Kashi Raj Dahal, joint secretary of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, said that a study shows that around 40% of vegetables produced in different parts of the country come to the Kathmandu Valley. And unfortunately, of the total vegetable supplies that the valley receives from different parts of the country, around 10% goes to waste due to oversupply. The population of Kathmandu Valley is around 5 million which is nearly 17 percent of the country's total population.

"While more farmers are being attracted toward vegetable farming, the lack of markets forces them to sell their produce at lower rates to the major markets, causing oversupply there. As a result, fruits and vegetables often rot, causing huge loss to both farmers and trader”," said Dahal.

Speaking at a program organized by Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board on the occasion of its 24th anniversary in Kathmandu last Tuesday, Dahal said that the Ministry had already taken initiatives to establish markets for agricultural products in other parts of the country.

Myrepublica.com quoted him as saying: "Province-level agricultural markets are already under construction across the country. Markets are being constructed in various parts of the country such as Biratnagar, Birtamod, Dhanusha, Butwal and Mahendranagar. These markets can be established as sister markets to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market.”

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