Authorities in eastern Nepal have told kiwi growers not to harvest their crops until they are fully ripened. This comes as immature fruits have been flooding the market, threatening to harm the fruit’s market value. The local administration and the District Agriculture Knowledge Centre issued the notice after growers began picking the fruits too early in a bid to make large profits.
The red kiwifruit is normally harvested in early November, but the produce had already begun to appear in the markets of Jhapa and Ilam in August. Local authorities have decided to keep a close watch to stop unripe fruits from being sold in the market as premature picking may harm demand in the future.
There is a loss of nutrition value if the fruit is harvested before it is time, according to experts. Some farmers said that due to competition and with the aim of getting more money, immature fruits are being shipped to market two months before they are usually harvested.