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Agriculture

With the festive season coming to an end, the farmers in Taplejung are now busy harvesting cardamom - picking, peeling and basking them.

Mid-September to mid-December is a prime time to harvest cardamom.

A cardamom farmer, Gyan Bahadur Gurung, a permanent resident of Thechambu in Pathivara Yangwarak Rural Municipality-1, said that the farmers have stepped up their preparation to pick and harvest cardamom due to the possible menace of wildlife.

Gurung further added that the cardamom farmers did not conveniently celebrate the Dashain and Tihar due to cardamom season.

“Farmers had to spend their time on cardamom farm even during festivals as it was the main season for harvesting,” said Basanta Limbu, a farmer of Faktanglung Rural Municipality-6.

Likewise, Khongdu Sherpa, a farmer of Fungling municipality-6, said they were entirely busy in picking, peeling and basking cardamom during the Tihar festival.

Due to the fear of wildlife rampage in the area, the farmers had devoted their effort to timely harvest cardamom yields, he added.

It is the high time for entire cardamom farmers across the district to harvest their yields. There is massive cardamom farming in 60 wards of all nine local levels in the district.

Cardamom has been cultivated in around 4,450 hectares of land in Taplejung. - RSS

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