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Indian agri products make up sizable part of Nepali market

Indian agricultural products have dominated the Nepali kitchen. A major percentage of vegetables and fruits is imported from neighboring India, according to the one-year data of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board.

For instance, imported onions from India in a period of one year accounted for 99 percent of the total volume of onions traded at the market. Similarly, tomato imported from India made up 94.11 percent, potato (60 percent), green pea (45 percent), gourd (39 percent), pumpkin (66 percent), moringa oleifera (77 percent), tamarind (99 percent), apple (81 percent), pomegranate (98 percent), papaya (81 percent), and grape (81 percent) of the market.

The import of agricultural products from India is massive, said the board's information officer Binaya Shrestha. Agricultural products imported from India in a span of one year accounted for 38.68 percent of the total imports. "Vegetables in large quantities are imported from India," he said.

Until some years ago, around 80 percent of the demand for vegetables was fulfilled with domestic products, he said.


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