Apple growers in the Himalayan district of Manang are moving to higher elevations to try to grow a new variety of their fruit. It is a bid to benefit from the higher temperatures caused by climate change. The growers are experimenting with farming methods by planting a new species in sparsely vegetated areas at high altitudes. If they succeed, they will be able to harvest apples during the winter season too when this area close to the Chinese border is normally blanketed in snow.
Fruit producers in the hilly and mountain regions are seeing a rise in temperature. For this reason, the production of apples has shifted to higher altitudes which were formerly unsuitable for growing this fruit, said apple growers.
“All the plants are now in full bloom,” said Yubaraj Gurung, managing director of the orchard which has been named Sabjey Farm. “We have also planted Gala apples as pollination partners for Red Jonaprince apple trees.”
As explained on kathmandupost.com, apples are grown on 11,186 hectares in Nepal, with an annual output of 31,386 tons. Jumla is the largest apple producing district with an annual output of 6,799 tons followed by Mustang with 5,727 tons, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.