Sweet orange growers in Sindhuli are hoping to see a bumper harvest. The citrus fruit in question is cultivated on 1,345 hectares in Sindhuli, which lies in Nepal's eastern hills. Last year, the district produced 8,881 tons of sweet oranges.
Nirmal Ramtel of Golanjor Rural Municipality, Ratanchura is happy as he had never expected he would be reaping a large harvest this year. This commercial fruit grower had initially thought that there would be zero production. Despite being hit by two severe hailstorms, the sweet orange trees in his orchard are looking good.
"The hailstorm came like it was going to uproot all the trees in my orchard. But the damage was not as bad as we had initially thought," he said. "Thanks to a good monsoon, my orchard is filled with fruits. I have no words to describe my happiness."