Jumla is one of the 75 districts of Nepal, situated in the Karnali zone. In this remote Karnali region, apple farming has taken flight among Jumla farmers as of recently. The farmers started cultivating apples to ensure their income after local rivers started eroding their paddy fields during the rainy season. Some ten years ago, the fields were filled with rice plants; today, they are filled with apple orchards.
And it is not just all about apples; the farmers grow beans, black lentils, legumes and vegetables, including potatoes, cauliflower, radishes, carrots and tomatoes.
“We could plant other plants to stop the river from eroding, but apple trees have been beneficial to not just stop the eroding but gain sufficient income too, almost double than before,” one growers said. However, it took four years before their efforts started bearing fruit, she adds.